Inuit Art Auction

November 21, 2017

LOT 51

Lot 51

JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007)

JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007)
Lot 51 Details
JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007), ᔭᓇ ᐃᓇᐸ, Port Harrison / Inukjuak


stone, ivory
c. 1953
6 x 6.5 x 9 in — 15.2 x 16.5 x 22.9 cm

Estimate $5,000-$7,000

Realised: $21,600
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007)
  • JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007)
  • JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007)
  • JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007)
  • JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007)

Darlene Coward Wight, Early Masters, Inuit Sculpture 1949-1955, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2006, page 83 - 84.

Marie Routledge & Ingo Hessel, Regional Diversity in Contemporary Inuit Sculpture, Inuit Art Quarterly, Summer 1990, page 12.


Camp leader and master artist, Johnny Inukpuk carved this work between 1952/1954. Johnny Inupuk's "concern for the details of daily life has been a trademark” characteristic, as is his work's “rounded, voluptuous forms that appear almost inflated”. Ivory, soap and melted records inset into drilled out holes for eyes, mouths and clothing details began to appear in his carvings around 1952. Influenced by Inukpuk’s commercial success, the community made use of his style of carving and it became the dominant look in Inukjuak. Darlene Coward Wight names Inukpuk one of the best known of the “early masters”, pointing to the length and success of his career.


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LOT 51

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  • 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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