Posts Tagged ‘carvings’

Artist of the moment……David Boxley



David Boxley is a Amerian First Nations carver representing the Tsimshian. David Boxley was born in Alaska in the year 1952. Boxley has produced prints but is more known for his wall panels, rattles, masks, and talking sticks.

Boxley was raised by his grandparents. The artist attended Seattle Pacific University where he earned a degree in science. After his college career Boxley became a teacher and basketball coach spending time in the state of Washington and his home state of Alaska.

Boxley became serious about art in 1979. At this time he began to study his First Nations artistic roots. In 1986 he decided to quit teaching and became a full time professional artist.

During the 1990 Goodwill Games Boxley was commissioned to create work that showed a peaceful relationship between Russia and United States.

Below a brief interview with David Boxley:

The artist is now based out of Metlakatla, Alaska.

Below a link to the website of the artist. ( A great website with many pictures!):

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Boxley is part of many prestigious collections of countries all around the world. In this clip we view a totem pole that can be found at the National Museum of the American Indian located in Washington D.C.:

Boxley has a sense of classic First Nations design blended with a modernist use of color. If you ever have the chance to see First Nation’s art, in particular the masks, the color of these masks are remarkable.


Artist of the moment……Wayne Alfred

Wayne Alfred was born in Alert Bay which is located on Vancouver Island, Canada in the year 1958. Alfred is renown for his carvings of masks. Wayne Alfred represents the Kwakwaka’wakw tribe of First Nations of Canada.

The artist has seven siblings.

Moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1986 when he was commissioned to help carve a large totem pole for Stanley Park. For those of you who haven’t visited Vancouver, Stanley Park is the second largest public park in North America behind Central Park located in New York City. This commission was completed with the help of artist Beau Dick.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $10,000. Alfred produces carvings and also jewelry.


Artist of the moment…….Diem Chau

Diem Chau is one of my favorite sculptors in the world because of her medium of choice, Crayola color crayons and sometimes graphite pencils. I was stunned with the amount of detail and the life that seemed to exist in the tips of pencils and crayons used by the artist. Diem Chau was born in Saigon, Vietnam in the year 1979. Her family emigrated to the United States in 1986.

For her collegiate studies Chau attended Cornish College of the Arts located in Seattle, Washington.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip a great selection of works by Diem Chau. I am sure you will want to go buy a new box of crayons and try sculpting a work for yourself:

What I like most about this artist is that most people who read this site have gone through hundreds if not thousands of pencils and crayons, yet how many of us have thought about using it as a medium itself! Amazing! Like the Inuit people who carve from antlers or whalebone, its a great example of an artist using what they have to make something beautiful!

The artist also enjoys working with fabric and thread.

A link to the website of Diem Chau. I must add its a great time for visit as the artist is selling one her carved pencil works:


Artist of the moment…….Derek Lardelli

Derek Lardelli is a master of Maori Art, which comes from the country of New Zealand. Derek Lardelli was born in the year 1961.

Lardelli has designed and completed many large public sized sculptures.

The artist is also a great commercial success! As we see in this clip an Aussie Rules Football Team used his design for their new jerseys. What a great idea and great opportunity for artists. The artist has also worked with a Air New Zealand  incorporating his Maori graphics with their brand for a new look.

Derek Lardelli enjoys traveling the globe and spreading news about his Maori culture.

Lardelli is also a teacher and in 2012 was named associate professor at the Eastland Institute of Technology.

The artist is based out of Gisborne, New Zealand. The city is located in the northeastern region of the country.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Lardelli is also a song writer and composer in his native Maori language. These are also called chants and hakas.


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!



Artist of the moment……Gladman Zinyeka

Gladman Zinyeka was a first generation Shona artist born in Zimbabwe in the year 1962. His father was a painter and some siblings also went on to become artists, they will be profiled shortly. Some themes of the artist include the family and also the balance and harmony that we strive to exist between man and nature.

Some works remind me of some Inuit artists who blend the two human forms together in a very abstract manner.

He first experimented with sculpture by attempting to carve birds. He would watch other older artists, and then invent his own technique.

Gladman Zinyeka was able to start his own hoe studio in 1994.

The artist was an important member to family members and anyone looking for help in the art world.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Gladman Zinyeka passed away in 2000.


Artist of the moment…..Jutai Toonoo

Jutai Toonoo is an Inuit artist renown for his portraits and double portraits of his people. Jutai Toonoo was born in the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1959. Another great reason to celebrate this artist is his blend of Inuit influence, perhaps from his parents, mixed with very modern design, perhaps something he learned whilst attending the Nunavut Arctic College where he learned the art of making jewelry.

His art is truly a mix of old and new as for his color works he uses oil pastels. Also interesting the first vase with flowers from Inuit artists. It was just interesting to see someone even attempt a vase with flowers!

price range information: Graphic works priced $1,000 to $2,000. Carvings price not available.

Of the artists profiled here I found him to be the only one that puts the title of his work in English and syllabic verse.

Doesn’t like to wear a mask when carving as he likes to know the dust he is breathing in is killing him. Loves to feel out of energy and drained when he creates his sculptures, likes to give 100%  effort into every piece.

His family is Wyeth like for how many artists are included in it. Both parents and two siblings are professional artists. The mom was named and his father Toonoo Toonoo.

Also a noted jewelry maker and graphic artist.

A quick visit to a gallery opening for Jutai Toonoo.

And here a brief interview with Jutai Toonoo. He is sitting in front of a piece of his done in the medium of a sugar lift etching.

Artist of the moment……Ennutsiak Ennutsiak

Ennutsiak Ennutsiak was another of the great Inuit artists of the 1900s. His work actually fetches more than any of the artists profiled so far. Ennutsiak worked with the themes of every day life but his work is more sophisticated than his peers with many carvings having multiple characters. He also was able to incorporate movement into his sculptures, a great example of this is in the gallery with one character jumping over the other playing “Leapfrog.”   Ennutsiak was born in the year 1986 in northern part of Quebec province in Canada.

Price range information:  Ennutsiak was a sculptor and works range from $3,000 to $90,000. His mediums were the normal Inuit materials such as antlers, whalebone, stone, steatite, and other found materials.

Our friends at Waddington’s Auction house of Canada bring us the following clips showing works by the artist. See the imagination of the artist here, a birthing scene.

Another work titled Piggy Back ride.

And Hunters Butchering a Walrus.

The artist passed away in 1967 whilst living on Baffin Island, where many Inuit families profiled here make their home.

Make sure to check out the other master Inuit sculptors on this site. For me I so enjoy their work because their civilization and tribe were on the decline with the fall of the fur trade in Canada and worldwide.  Thank goodness for James Houston and his idea to make the Inuit people known for their intricate carvings. The Inuit works went from being stored away for safekeeping and held in Inuit homes, to being sold for great sums of money and now annual sales surpass the $10 million dollar mark.


Happy Easter to all those celebrating today!