The Canada Auction Series: Inuit Art

November 26December 02, 2022
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LOT 311

Lot 311

Karoo Ashevak ᑲᕈ ᐊᓴᕙ (1940-1974)

Karoo Ashevak ᑲᕈ ᐊᓴᕙ (1940-1974)
Lot 311 Details
Karoo Ashevak ᑲᕈ ᐊᓴᕙ (1940-1974), Taloyoak (Spence Bay)

SPIRIT, CA. 1974

signed in syllabics; accompanied by "Canadian Eskimo Art" tag inscribed "Ashevak / Spence Bay /Spirit"
7.75 x 7 x 3.75 in — 20.3 x 17.8 x 9.5 cm

Estimate $10,000-$15,000

Realised: $33,600
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Karoo Ashevak ᑲᕈ ᐊᓴᕙ (1940-1974)
  • Karoo Ashevak ᑲᕈ ᐊᓴᕙ (1940-1974)
  • Karoo Ashevak ᑲᕈ ᐊᓴᕙ (1940-1974)
  • Karoo Ashevak ᑲᕈ ᐊᓴᕙ (1940-1974)
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Private Collection, Edmonton, AB


Sinuous of line, lively, and with a countenance wide-eyed and perhaps somewhat mischievous, there can be little doubt looking at the present work that the artist was anything but at home in the medium of stone in the final year of his life. Known for his masterful exploitation of the irregular confines of whalebone, sculptures in stone make up a small percentage of Karoo’s limited output. Of three works primarily composed of stone by the artist that appear in Jean Blodgett’s 1977 monograph, two are dated to 1971, and the third to 1974, it is the third sculpture that is the closest to the present example in its facial configuration and overall refinement of form. [1] Further notable for its size, at nearly eight inches (twenty centimetres) in height, the present sculpture is one of the largest single piece stone compositions by the artist of which we are aware.

(1) Karoo Ashevak and Jean Blodgett, Karoo Ashevak: Winnipeg Art Gallery, March 30 to June 5, 1977 (Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1977).

Related Works:
The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Karoo Ashevak, (Winnipeg: The Winnipeg Art gallery, 1977), pl. 42.


Minute imperfections inherent to sculpture, old 2 1/4 inch piece of scotch tape adhered to back of figure. Overall very good condition.

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LOT 311

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  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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