Inuit Art Auction

May 29, 2018

LOT 74

Lot 74

CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999)

CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999)
Lot 74 Details
CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999), E4-341, Spence Bay / Taloyoak


bone, stone, antler
signed in syllabics, 1991
13.25 x 5 x 9 in — 33.7 x 12.7 x 22.9 cm; 12 x 5 x 10 in — 30.5 x 12.7 x 25.4 cm

Estimate $4,000-$6,000

Realised: $4,320
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999)
  • CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999)
  • CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999)
  • CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999)
  • CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999)
  • CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999)

Described as “the strongest spiritual carver in the central arctic” Charlie Ugyuk or “Big Charlie” as he was known, could alternate between high realism and intensely imaginative subject matter. Charlie loved birds (as did his nephew Karoo) and his fascination lay with falcons specifically, a subject matter he visited repeatedly throughout his career with his work’s characteristic intensity demonstrated through inset eyes, rigid claws with sharpened talons and meticulously detailed feathers on powerful wings. Charlie was the first of the Netsilingmiut to carve professionally and he was an inspiration to not just Judas Ullulaq and Karoo Ashevak but for many carvers in the region. Inuk Charlie, see lot 32, has spoken of his father’s perfectionism and drive and he challenged his son to be the best at his craft.


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LOT 74

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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