Canadian & Inuit Fine Art

May 27, 2019

LOT 97
BARNABUS ARNASUNGAAQ (1924-2017)
  • BARNABUS ARNASUNGAAQ (1924-2017)
  • BARNABUS ARNASUNGAAQ (1924-2017)
  • BARNABUS ARNASUNGAAQ (1924-2017)
  • BARNABUS ARNASUNGAAQ (1924-2017)
  • BARNABUS ARNASUNGAAQ (1924-2017)
  • BARNABUS ARNASUNGAAQ (1924-2017)

97

BARNABUS ARNASUNGAAQ (1924-2017), Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq

MUSK OX ATTACKED BY WOLVES

stone
13.5 x 19 x 13 in — 34.3 x 48.3 x 33 cm

Estimate $8,000-$12,000

Realised: $18,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

“I made all those grooves with a file to make it white. When I started carving I used to make the musk ox smooth, but then I thought that it didn’t look like fur. So I started making those grooves. It was a lot of work making rows and rows of marks, but I got it into my mind that was what I wanted, so I did it.”

“I don’t know where I get my ideas. I can’t recommend any, because it’s all in my mind. I look inside myself. Sometimes, before going to bed, I carefully examine the stone. And in the morning, I know what it will be."

-Barnabus ARNASUNGAAQ.



Literature:

Susan Gustavison, Northern Rock: Contemporary Inuit Stone Sculpture
(exhibition catalogue), McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario 1999, pg. 109

Provenance:

Private Collection, Toronto