Artist of the moment……Ovilu Tunnillie

 

Ovilu Tunnnillie is an Inuit artist from the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1949. Ovilu is renowned for sculptures of the figure which are made from traditional stone and sometimes marble. Tunnillie’s work has a vibe to it that reminds me of the “Art Deco” period. The lines are very fluid and flowing in her figure work. The opposite of much the Inuit art covered here so far.

Her parents were both accomplished artists, Sheojuk and Toonoo Tunnillie.

The artist sold her first work at the age of sixteen. With the death of Kenojuak Ashevak, Ovilu Tunnillie is one of few Inuit female artists that could possible be the most famous and most collected of her peer group.

In this clip a great work showing the Grand Mother In Law of the artist. Another artist is featured named Shuvinai Ashoona in the clip. The work of Ovilu Tunnillie is shown at 2:15 into the clip:

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $10,000.

Ovilu Tunnillie was made a member of the Canadian Royal Academy of Art.

What I enjoy most about this artist is her figure work. Most Inuit art isn’t nearly as anatomically correct as the work of Ovilu Tunnillie. Also her figure works that just deal with the curves of the female body such as the legs or the torso.  Very few Inuit artists work with the nude in the first place, but her finished product could easily pass for a modern work of art, rather than the typical Inuit art we might see at a gallery.

Ovilu Tunnillie is one of the most prolific Inuit artists when it comes to creative output. She has a large body of work.

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