Artist of the moment….Judas Ullulaq

Judas Ullulaq was yet another of the master Inuit artists specializing in carving the human figure. Ullulaq was born in Gjoa Haven, Nunavet Territory, Canada in 1937.

Moved to Spence Bay whilst in his 2os and lived the basic nomadic Inuit lifestyle. Ullulaq grew up with many girls as his peers and learned how to make dolls. Ulluluq is the only Inuit artist I have studied to approach some western ideas  in paintings, such as the nude or in this case a woman breast feeding. In the gallery these are the sand colored works.

Started to carve as many of his peers did, to replace income lost from the cessation of the fur trade.

Had two other well known artists that were brothers Nelson Takkiruq and Charlie Ugyuk.

Judas Ullulaq passed away in 1999 at the age of 62 years old.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $20,000.

Below we see a work by Ullulaq titled “Making Fish.” From the great Waddington’s Auction House of Canada.

A work titled “the Fiddler.”

And lastly a work featuring a mother and child. Another great fact about the Inuit artists, they use very culturally significant artifacts such as carving whalebone or caribou antlers. This work is a mixed media work using stone and bone. 


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