BARNABUS ARNASUNGAAQ (1924-2017), ᐸᓇᐸᓯ ᐊᓇᓴᒐ, Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq
MUSK OX ATOP ANOTHER
12 x 11.5 x 4 in — 30.5 x 29.2 x 10.2 cm
Recognized as one of the most well known Inuit artists, Barnabus Arnasungaaq was among the original carvers of the region. In the late 1950’s, the government began to initiate carving programs to foster economic growth, which Barnabus eagerly took part in. The hard steatite was among the only stone available in the region, proving difficult to work with. However, Barnabus used it to his advantage by allowing it to emphasize what he meant to express. Barnabus’ sculptures are timeless, often exhibiting brutish strength, placing emphasis on shape and monumentality. A Barnabus musk-ox is recognized globally.
Barnabus passed away on September 21, 2017. He was one of the eldest carvers still working in Baker Lake, and will continue to be an influence on generations to come.