Artist of the moment…..Barnabus Arnasungaaq

Barnabus Arnasungaaq is another premiere Inuit sculptor born in the  Baker Lake, Nunavet Territory in Canada in the year 1924.

Price range information: His work is in high demand and his works are mainly in stone and range $1,000 to $17,000.

In this clip we visit a muskox carved by the artist. Its great to see the sculpture from 360 degrees around the figure.

An Inuit woman carved by the artist.

A mother and child tandem scupture by the artist. This clip starts off with some viewing problems but about 8 seconds in everything is fine!

And a father and child tandem by the artist.

The artist has been carving professionally for more than 40 years.  The 1950s brought change to the Inuit community as it was the end of their fur trade and hunting profits. The government decided to try and keep them together and move them to a location with permanent housing and also to give them better medical facilities. So the group was moved from Keewatin Bay in 1956 and 1957 to the Baker Lake, Nunavet Territory. The goverment struggled to find programs to bring some economic activity to this group of people that had made their living by hunting and trapping furs.

The government started their art and carving programs in the 1960s and the programs were a boon for Barnabus Arnasungaaq.

The artist enjoys using steatite for his carving medium. He also has used the traditional materials such as whalebone and caribou antlers.

Arnasungaaq uses some very common themes with the Inuit carvers, a shaman transforming into an animal such as a bird, bear, the muskox.

The artist is married to another carver/ artist named Fanny Arngnakik. Below is an example of her style. Fanny Arngnakik was born in 1929.

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The couple had two sons that were artists named David and Norman. Below are some examples of work from David Arnasungaaq born in 1964.

 

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