Posts Tagged ‘whalebone’

Artist of the moment…..Augustin Anaittuq

Augustin Anaittuq was an Inuit sculptor born in Kasigarsiorvik, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1935.

Augustin Anaittuq passed away in Pelly Bay, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1992 at the age of 62 years old.

price range information : Sculptures range $3,000 to $10,000.

The artist married a professional artist from Pelly Bay named Sabina Anaittuq.

In this clip from our friends at Waddington’s Auction House of Canada we see a wonderful owl by Augustin Anaittuq:

Did many works using the medium if whalebone. These are considered artifacts and cannot be taken outside of the country of Canada.

The artist is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Art Canada. A clip to the work is below:

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


Artist of the moment….Leo Angotingoar

Leo Angotingoar is an Inuit artist from the Salliq or Coral Harbour, Nunavut Territory, Canada  born in the year 1953. He comes from a family of artisans as both parents and sister are working artists. Leo lives in Coral Bay whilst the rest of his family lives in the Repulse Bay area.

Has stayed true to Inuit roots by using whalebone. I did some research and these works are prohibited from leaving Canada. That is why the Inuit work so intrigues me, not only is a work of art, but it is an artifact. A time capsule of an animal that actually lived during our time period.

price range information: Sorry none available.

No more information on this artist.


Artist family of the moment…..Johnny Inukpuk….and son Johnny Inukpuk junior

Johnny Inukpuk was another of the great Inuit tribe of Canadian artists. Inukpuk was born in the year 1911 in Kujjuarapik.  He learned to carve whilst still living basically as a nomad, living off the land. The artist used the normal found materials such as steatite, antlers, and whalebones.

Saumik was the name the Inuit people gave to Jams Houston. Houston was a big promoter of the work of the Inuits and himself was a great artist working with the figure. He encouraged the Inuit people to learn art and promote their unique nomadic culture.

Inukpuk produced sculptures and produced one print that had to do with his life. That is the great thing that fascinates me with the work of the Inuits, its their everyday life that is portrayed so artistically. His print had to do with a hunting trip in which the Inukpuk was trapped inside an igloo with his rifle outside and three polar bears waiting outside.  Much of his work as with most of the Inuits has to do with nomadic living and hunting, gathering, and riding in canoes. I love these works!

To any artist these works are fascinating alone for their mediums sometimes, the whalebone and antler pieces. Some other twists he used were portraying women with hare lips, his own wife had a hare lip. He even varied the eyes of his figures over time using soapstone, ivory, and melted vinyl records.

In this clip we see a wonderful sculpture by Johnny Inukpuk featured at Waddingtons auction house of Canada.

A work at actual auction. Get your paddle ready !

In 1973 was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Price range information: The sculptures very in size as the artist worked very small in the beginning of his career. The range is $1,000 to $40,000.

Included in the Toronto Dominion Bank Financial Group collection.

Had one son that become known as a great artist working in the same Inuit method named Johnny Inukpuk Junior who lived 1930 to 1984.  A great example of his son’s artwork is below.


Here is a short clip featuring the works of the son Johnny Inukpuk junior.

Johnny Inukpuk passed away in 2007.

Gotta love these families that can pass on art as a career to multiple generations!


Artist of the moment………Karoo Ashevak





Karoo Ashevak was a leading artist of the Inuit tribe of Canada born in 1940. Similar to TC Cannon the artist died at a young age. Ashevak was killed in a house fire. His work is highly unique and collectable. For his sculpture works he carved them out of whale bone. His art is included in the national museums in Canada.His art from a native person of the region is just as much a detailed scientific goldmine in addition he added stone, antlers, ivory, as nd other found materials.

Price ranges: sculptures from wood and stone range $5,000 to $50,000.
In this clip view an auction for a sculpture of Ashevak.

Despite dying in a housefire Ashevak lived much of his life as a nomad.

Settled in Taloyoak, Nunavu.

Whilst here he took an arts and crafts program that forever changed his life. He gained national and worldwide critical acclaim at a young age for his unique whalebone sculptures.

Died in a house fire in 1974.