Inuit Art from Private Ontario Collections

April 1621, 2022
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Lot 5

GEORGE ARLUK (b. 1949)

GEORGE ARLUK (b. 1949)
Lot 5 Details
GEORGE ARLUK (b. 1949), Arviat (Eskimo Point)


stone, ivory
circa 1975, signed in syllabics
7.25 x 5.25 x 1.75 in — 18.4 x 13.3 x 4.4 cm

Estimate $600-$800

Realised: $780
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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GEORGE ARLUK (b. 1949)
  • GEORGE ARLUK (b. 1949)
  • GEORGE ARLUK (b. 1949)
  • GEORGE ARLUK (b. 1949)
  • GEORGE ARLUK (b. 1949)

Private collection, Hamilton, ON


Heavily influenced by Tiktak and, after his move to Arviat, later John Pangnark and Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok, George Arluk developed a highly original and distinctive style in the 1970s characterized by a dynamic sense of movement, and forms evocative of dance-like rhythms.

In this uncommon early 1970s work by Arluk we see a surprisingly fully-formed precursor of what would come to be Arluk’s distinctive style.


1. McMaster, Gerald, Inuit Modern, The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection, Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 2011. P. 191

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Overall very good condition.

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