Archive for June 5, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Ashevak Tunnillie

Ashevak Tunnillie was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavet Territory, Canada in 1956. Son of Qavaroak and another noted artist Tayaraq. Like the rest of his family the artist enjoy carving bears. Most works priced between $1,000 and $8,000.

Included in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

The business artist in me dreams of seeing these bears in a Coca Cola commercial!

Below a great example of a bear by Ashevak Tunnillie.

Tayaraq Tunnillie was the mother of Ashevak Tunnillie and wife of Qavaroak. Born in Cape Dorset in 1934 and still alive to thid day. Tayaraq is both a sculptor snd printmaker. Below some examples of her work.

What a great family of artists!

Artist family…….Ikayukta Tunnillie and family

Ikayukta Tunnillie was the matriarch of a family of artists based out of Cape Dorset. Born in 1911 Ikayukta was first included in the Cape Dorset annual series in 1971.Below an example of her work. Ikayukta passed away in 1980.

Ikayukta kept the artistic genes flowing as many of her children and grandchildren would become professional artists. The first son we will look at is Kabubuwa also known as Qavaroak Tunnillie. Born in 1928 in the Cape Dorset Territory Qavaroak is my favorite of the Inuit carvers when it comes to bears. The entire family were artists and the stones used have a smooth look in addition to the flowing lines used by the artist. Also notice the beautiful rounded shape Qavaroak created with arms, heads, and objects. The best examples of this are when a bear or a person is holding a fish or another person. A great feeling of movement is created for the viewer. Below some examples of Qavaroak. Price range information: Stone carvings ranging from $2,000 to $8,000.

Next post will be on Qavaroak’s wife and children.