Inuit Art Auction

November 22, 2016

LOT 94
OVILU TUNNILLIE, R.C.A. (1949-2014)
  • OVILU TUNNILLIE, R.C.A. (1949-2014)
  • OVILU TUNNILLIE, R.C.A. (1949-2014)
  • OVILU TUNNILLIE, R.C.A. (1949-2014)
  • OVILU TUNNILLIE, R.C.A. (1949-2014)

94

OVILU TUNNILLIE, R.C.A. (1949-2014), Cape Dorset / Kingait

FALCON CATCHES FISH

stone
signed in syllabics
15" x 17" x 12.5" — 38.1 x 43.2 x 31.8 cm.

Estimate $4,000-$6,000

Realised: $7,200
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

Ovilu commented of a similar work during a 1991 interview with Odette Leroux, “right now the bird is my favourite subject to carve. [...] Right now, I like carving birds with the wings spread out. I like to carve the stone very thin on the wings. When I do this, a lot of the stone comes off because I try to take the bulk of the weight off.“ In lot 94, a falcon descends upon its prey, its great carved wings are swept upward to suggest that it was airborne only moments before. Carried out very naturalistically and with great technical ability, this work is surely one of the finest examples of a falcon by the late artist.

Literature:

Inuit Women Artists, Odette Leroux, et. al, eds., 2006, page 233

Additional Info:

Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Carving / Sculpture: Stone
Settlement: Cape Dorset, Cape Dorset / Kinngait, Kingait
Signature: Syllabics