First Arts: Inuit & First Nations Art

May 28, 2019

LOT 35
SHARKY NUNA (1918-1979)
  • SHARKY NUNA (1918-1979)
  • SHARKY NUNA (1918-1979)
  • SHARKY NUNA (1918-1979)

35

SHARKY NUNA (1918-1979), E7-883, Cape Dorset / Kinngait

BIRD COUPLE

stone
signed in syllabics, early-mid 1970's
5.5 x 4.5 x 5.25 in — 14 x 11.4 x 13.3 cm

Estimate $600-$900

Realised: $1,440
Price Includes Buyer's Premium

About artist/note:

Sharky Nuna began carving already in 1950. He had been working at a measured pace until the early 1970s when he was finally “discovered” and given five solo shows in Canada, the U.S. and Germany up to his death in 1979. His sculptures of birds are among the most elegant and poetic we have seen. This pair, in which one bird gently preens the other, is especially lovely.

References: for similar works by this artist see Walker’s May 2013, Lot 8; Walker’s May 2016, Lot 82



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Provenance:

an Ottawa private collection