Inuit Art

November 20, 2018

LOT 38

Lot 38

JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976)

JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976)
Lot 38 Details
JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976), Povungnituk / Puvirnituq


signed in Roman, disc number inscribed, c. 1962
4.5 x 14 x 3 in — 36.5 x 35.6 x 7.6 cm

Estimate $12,000-$16,000

Realised: $19,200
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976)
  • JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976)
  • 3D Image

Waddington’s Auctioneers, Toronto, November 1997, Lot 1233


Canada House, UK, 2010


In addition to his haunting boat migration scenes, Joe’s carvings documented traditional Inuit life as in this hunting scene. With a carving style completely his own, he had an innate ability to bring sophistication to what at first glance could be perceived as naïve.

Known for both graphics and sculpture, Talirunili was most prolific during the last 15 years of his life.

For a closely related work, see Joe Talirunili: a grace beyond the reach of art”, La Federation des cooperatives du Nouveau-Quebec, 1977, page 24

Also, Céline Saucier, Image Inuit du Nouveau-Québec, 1988, page 205


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LOT 38

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