Posts Tagged ‘shaman’

Artist of the moment…….Bill Nasogaluak



Bill Nasogaluak is an Inuit artist born in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada in the year 1953.  The artist is a self taught sculptor and painter. Working as a sculptor the artist is a mixed media master incorporating stone, antlers, and bone into some works.

Nasogaluak also taught the Arctic College.

The artist worked as an engineer for nearly two decades before choosing to pursue a career as a full time artist.

Nasogaluak enjoys working with traditional themes, but considers himself to have been born at a perfect time as he can relate to both traditional and more modern Inuit way of life. Some themes tacked by Nasogaluak include the shaman and my favorite, Sedna, the goddess of the sea.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $7,000.

I really enjoy his use of the circle as part of his overall design. Also the artist was great at placing multiple faces in one sculpture, many times this technique is used when depicting a shaman transformation.


Artist of the moment…….Bernard Matemera

Bernard Matemera was another first generation Shona artist from Zimbabwe. Bernard Matemera was born in Guruve, Zimbabwe in the year 1946.

The artist spent much of his career based out of the sculpture park at Tengenege Sculpture Community.

The artist was working in the agriculture industry as a driver for tobacco farmers and he happened to meet the owner of the Tengenenge Sculpture Community where many other Shona artists resided due to the bountiful stone deposits located at the farm.

Matemera passed away in 2006.

The artist was internationally renown and collected.

Below a great example of Bernard Matemera:

A favorite theme was animals and wildlife. The artist carved mainly in serpentine.

Matemera was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Price range information: Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment…..Jobie Uqaituk

Jobie Uqaituk, also known as Jobie Ohaituk,  is a contemporary Inuit artist born in the year 1946 in Kutaaq, Quebec, Canada. Kutaaq is just north of Inukjuak, Quebec, Canada. Jobie Uqaituk is renown for his  sculptures of birds, hunters, and shaman. Many shaman works are half human and half animal.

His early works were in much the same style of his peers, figurative works in a modernist style. Because many artists in his region of Canada worked with primitive tools at the beginning of his career,  as a result  many works seem raw or unfinished.

Uqaituk pushed himself to another level higher than his peers with the ability to work with many modern tools. The modern tools allowed the artist to put more details and a greater finish in his work. As a result of this, his artwork is  heavily sought after by collectors.

Ohaituk takes tremendous pride in bringing his stones to life.

Price range information: Most sculpture works range between $1,000 and $4,000. In the 1970s Uqaituk was an avid printmaker but no price range is available for these works.

What I enjoy most about this artist is his creativity. His shaman transformation works are a great example of realism and imagination . Jobie Uqaituk talks about trying to show the “Inuitness” of things. For some reason I thought back to Albert Durer and the best painting I have ever seen by a rabbit in person. Durer when asked about this work often times talked about capturing the “rabbitness” of the subject. I found the two artists very similar in their approach to creating representational art. Not only are you trying to capture what a rabbit looks like, but also what it feels like. Uqaituk captures the “Inuitness” of hunters and shaman with excellence.

Uqaituk tries to keep the old way of doing things and the Inuit lifestyle of the past alive through his carvings.

The artist made his first stone carving when he was ten years old. It was of a bird. I enjoy artists who keep it simple and Uqaituk is a great example of an artist in complete harmony with his surroundings, the artist loves to carve and hunt.

Uqaituk made prints in the early 1970s.

Bombardier, a Canadian based aerospace company, presented a work of Uqaituk to former United States President George W. Bush.

What an outstanding artist!


Artist of the moment……Peter Sevoga

Peter Sevoga was an Inuit artist born in Baker Lake, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1940. The artist was successful and well known in the art world before he was thirty years old. For his subject matter Peter Sevoga worked with the mother and child theme frequently. Sevoga also enjoyed creating works showing a shaman changing forms.

Price range information: Works range fromm $2,000 to $6,000.

Peter Sevoga worked in many mediums including fabric wall hangings and as a printmaker.

The artist had a half brother named Thomas Sevoga who was also based in Baker Lake.

Peter Sevoga passed away in 2007.

I love the mother and child theme with Kenojuak Ashevak’s work being supreme. Sevoga’s characters have wonderful facial expressions and the mother and child shape as a whole is very intriguing.


Artist of the moment…..Elijah Michael

Elijah Michael was an Inuit artist born in Kimmirut, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1929. Michael was renown for his sculptures of animal life and owls. With the owls Michael not only depicted birds, but also shaman transforming into birds.

A sculpture made by Elijah Michael was given by the Prime Minister to the Pope during a visit to Canada.

Elijah was married to artist named Annie. 3 sons  are professional artists.

Elijah Michael began to carve at the age of sixteen years old.

The artist passed away in 2008 at the age of 79 years of age.

price range information:  Works range from $3,000 to $25,000.


Artist of the moment…..David Ruben Piqtoukun

David Ruben Piqtoukun is another master Inuit carver born in Paulatuk, Nunavet Territory, Canada in the year 1950. Piqtoukun creates art that I find blend of maori or african art and of course the traditional Inuit themes like a Shaman transforming into another creature.

Piqtoukun is renown as a sculptor but in the past has experimented with printmaking.

In 2000 was appointed to the Sculptors Guild of Canada.

Price range info: Works range from $500 to $11,000.

For me I love this type of work the most from Piqtoukun. Its a true mixture of man and beast, the beast in this case is a musk ox.

I love his mask work the most. Sometimes the artist splits the head into two different expressions.

Piqtoukun’s subjects often include birds.

David Ruben Piqtoukun has appeared in exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada.

Another shaman work, Searching for Sedna (the goddess of the sea.) A mixture of man and sea!

And a wonderful sea monster created by the artist!

No more info on this artist but more Inuit art coming soon!


Artist of the moment…Johnny Kataluk

Johnny Kataluk is another master Inuit carver born in the Arctic Quebec region of Canada in the 1937. Kataluk is a very prolific and some favorite subjects include birds, shamans, and bears.

price range information: Works range from $500 to $4,000.

The artist moved to the Cape Harbour, Nunavet Territory, Canada as a young child. Its a collection of Inuit peoples from all over the region. In the original camp at this location in 1902, most of the inhabitants died brought on by disease by whalers that came from Europe. It has since been rebuilt and has artists like you find in Baffin Island or Cape Dorset, but the area is less commercialized and many great artists are still relatively unknown, so time to get them some more attention!

Kataluk has been working as an artist for more than four decades.

Johnny Kataluk enjoys working with soapstone, limestone, and whalebone.