Posts Tagged ‘wall hangings’

Artist of the moment…..Curtis Jere


Curtis Jere is the combined name of two artists renowned for their sculptures and wall hangings. One artist’s name was Curtis Freiler and the other was named Jerry Fels.

The company designed works that were produced by Artisan House. The goods are now produced out of China.

The company Artisan House was made to mass produce art quality items for the home in the early 1960s. The company was started by Freiler and Fels as they were brother in laws. The company was sold by the brothers in 1972. Since the company has been sold many times.

The works by C. Jere have become increasingly hot in the vintage collector niche.

What great designs on their wall hangings. I even prefer some of C. Jere’s work to another well known artists who worked in the same genre, Alexander Calder.

Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels have both passed away.

In this clip we take a brief look at some wall hangings by duo:

price range information: Sorry none available.


In this clip we take a closer look at  wonderful wall hanging by Curtis Jere:


Artist of the moment……Miriam Qiyuk

Miriam Maralik Qiyuk was born in the year 1933. She was born and raised  in the traditional Inuit camp lifestyle of the era. In her twenties she decided to relocate to Baker Lake. Miriam Qiyuk has worked in various mediums including wall hangings, appliques, printmaking, and painting.

Her husband is also an artist named Silas Qiyuk. He was also born in 1933. This is probably my favorite work showing a grouping of seals. Seals are usually shown solo, or with a mother and some pups. This work by Silas Qiyuk  is great for how many seals are shown in total:


Qiyuk is one of the most versatile Inuit artists, we can call her Mrs. Picasso! Qiyuk is a printmaker, maker of wall hangings, and sculptor. She is an amazing storyteller and enjoys working in very large formats.

Her father was the famous Inuit artist named Jessie Oonark.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $10,000.

What a great family of multigenerational artists!


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…..Alvin Loving

Alvin Loving was an African American painter born in Detroit, Michigan in the year 1935 renown for his use of color and geometric shapes. Loving painted, made wall hangings, and also enjoyed the art of collage.

price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $84,000.

Loving burst onto the national scene after a solo show at the Whitney Museum of Art in 1969.

In this clip we view some of the artist’s wall hangings at a show with the great James Kalm!


Al Loving passed away in 2005 at the age of 69 years of age.

Multiple Winner of the National Endowment of the Arts fellowships.