Artist of the moment…….Joy Hallauk

Joy Hallauk was an Inuit sculptor born in the year 1940 in Arviat, Nunavut Territory, Canada. In addition to carvings Hallauk also produced wall hangings. The artist began to carve in the 1960s. For her carvings the artist was renown for putting two or more faces on one stone. In her work the woman is very prominent. Some themes were mother and child and the male and female couple, with the woman being the larger of the faces or figures in most cases.

From an artistic standpoint her work reminds me of the totem poles that are produced by the Northwest Coast artists, but on stone. The level of expression and detail is amazing in the faces.

Hallauk worked mainly with basalt as her medium.

Joy was married to Luke Hallauk, another professional artist.

Hallauk passed away in 2000.

Price range information: Most carvings range from $1,000 to $5,000. Wall hangings don’t have a price. Some are very large measuring more than 14 feet in length.

To close we view a wall hanging from Joy Hallauk. What a versatile and talented artist!



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