Artist of the moment….Tuna/ Toona Iquliq

Tuna also known as Toona Iquliq is an Inuit artist born in  Baker Lake, Nunavet Territory, Canada in the year 1935. Though mainly a carver the artist has also produced graphic art. Iquliq is renown for his portraits of people in particular using rounded circular shapes. In this regard his work reminds me of the Colombian master Fernando Botero. Below an example of Botero’s style. Both exaggerate the roundness of the figure.

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Part of prominent museum collections including the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Works range from $400 to $8,000.

The artist has three children that are professional artists.

The artist still works out of the Baker Lake region.

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