Inuit Art

November 20, 2018

LOT 72

Lot 72


Lot 72 Details
GEORGE KOPAK TAYARAK (1931-1990), Sugluk / Salluit


signed in Roman
5.9 x 8.3 x 4.3 in — 15 x 21 x 11 cm

Estimate $1,500-$2,000

Realised: $3,120
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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  • GEORGE KOPAK TAYARAK (1931-1990)
  • GEORGE KOPAK TAYARAK (1931-1990)
  • 3D Image

“The other significant event in the shaping of his (Bill Johnstone’s) taste around this time was the famous touring exhibition ‘Sculpture of the Inuit – Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic’ – specifically the image in the exhibition catalogue along with the same image in Cottie Burland’s 1973 book Eskimo Art of Manno’s celebrated sculpture of a bear looking at its reflection in the ice, part of the Eccles Collection at the time and now in the National Gallery Collection in Ottawa, Canada. It was an image that was to haunt him, its quality a mark of the kind of work he was now to seek with an ever-increasing determination to add to his always perceptive aesthetic judgement.

Meanwhile the nearest he could immediately get to owning this piece, or something that would remind him of it formally, was the delightful small soapstone piece by George Kopak Tayarak of Polar Bear Reflection.” (187)


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LOT 72

About Condition Ratings

  • 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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