Inuit – Nunavik (Arctic Quebec)

The Bearclaw Gallery carries an extensive inventory of Inuit Carving.  Below are some samples of works that you can find displayed, but you will find much more available in the gallery.  Feel free to contact us for more information.

Nunavik Inuit Art Sculptures

Bearclaw is very pleased to offer the following Inuit Artists from Canada's Northern Quebec Arctic:  Mathewsie Iyaituk, Nutaraluk Iyaituk, Levi Alashuak, Lucassie Echalook,  Johnny, Charlie & Daniel Inukpuk, (Johnny is the father of Charlie and Daniel),  and many others.

The sculpture of Arctic Quebec (Nouveau-Quebec; Nunavik) tends to be naturalistic, and is often narrative in nature. Animals and realistic hunting scenes, as well as legends and stories, are favoured subjects.

The works of Nunavik artist reflect a keen sense of observation that the Inuit had to develop in order to adapt to an environment we tend to consider as wild and inhospitable.  The carvings most appreciated by Nunavik Inuit are realistic ones because they are "true to life".

Nunavik Art

Some four hundred years ago, contacts between native people and newcomers increased as more and more  Europeans ventured to the far North.  The Inuit exchanged furs and artifacts for tools, firearms and other commodities offered by the visitors.  The practice of carving figurines for mercantile purposes was born.

In 1948, the Canadian Guild of crafts organized a first showing of Eskimo sculptures in Montreal.  The event received an enthusiastic response from the public and carvings made by heretofore-unknown Nunavik arists all sold within a few hours.  Today, the Inuit from Nunavik market their art throughout the world.

Hunter, Seal & Giant

Artist: Thomassie Echalook
Region: Inukjuak
Medium: Soapstone
Size: 15.5 x 11.5 x 3.5 Inches
Code No.: SF681
Price: $2,850.00

Bird

Artist: Joshua Sheeg Sivuarapik
Region: Puvirnituuq
Medium: Soapstone
Size: 13.5 x 7 x 4 Inches
Code No.: SF740
Price: $1,250.00

String Game

Artist: Adamie Inukpuk
Region: Inukjuak
Medium: Soapstone
Size: 12 x 10.25 x 3.5 Inches
Code No.: SF724
Price: $1,925.00

Throat Singers

Artist: Daniel Inukpuk
Region: Inukjuak
Medium: Soapstone
Size: 9.25 x 10.75 x 6 Inches
Code No.: SF682
Price: $1,950.00

Fisherman & Fish

Artist: Pitsulak Pinguatuk
Region: Kangiqsujuak
Medium: Soapstone
Size: 9.5 x 9 x 8 Inches
Code No.: SF604
Price: $975.00

Inuit Family

Artist: Josephie Nalukturuk
Region: Inukjuak
Medium: Soapstone
Size: 11.5 x 4 x 8 Inches
Code No.: SF522
Price: $1,950.00

Arctic Bird

Artist: Joshua Sheeg Sivuarapik
Region: Puvurnituk
Medium: Soapstone
Size: 12 x 9 x 5 Inches
Code No.: SF594
Price: $1,575.00

Walking Bear

Artist: Johnny Kakutuk
Region: Akulivik
Medium: Soapstone
Size: 9 x 14.5 x 4 Inches
Code No.: SF526
Price: $1,650.00

Diving Bird

Artist: Adamie Ningiuk
Region: Inukjuak
Medium: Soapstone
Size: 18 x 9 x 4.5 Inches
Code No.: SF324
Price: $2,400.00

Fisherman & Fish

Artist: Conlucy Nivixie
Region: Inukjuak
Medium: Soapstone & String
Size: 11.25 x 10 x 4.5 Inches
Code No.: SF551
Price: $2,250.00

Woman with Ulu

Artist: Conlucy Niviaxie
Region: Inukjuak
Medium: Soapstone
Size: 16 x 6 x 4 Inches
Code No.: SF432
Price: $1,850.00

Fisherman & Fish

Artist: Lucassie Echalook
Region: Inukjuak
Medium: Soapstone, String & Antler
Size: 10 x 9.5 x 4.25 Inches
Code No.: SF549
Price: $1,850.00

Hunter with Walrus

Artist: Harry Elijassiapik
Region: Inukjuak
Medium: Soapstone
Size: 9.5 x 11 x 8 Inches
Code No.: SF461
Price: $1,650.00

Mother & Child Collecting Water

Artist: Jimmy Arnamisa
Region: Inukjuak
Medium: Soapstone
Size: 12.5 x 7 x 6 Inches
Code No.: SF169
Price: $1,950.00

Otter & Fish

Artist: Thomassie Sivuarapik
Region: Puvurnituk
Medium: Soapstone
Size: 6 x 4.75 x 3.5 Inches
Code No.: SF527
Price: $1,450.00