The Canada Auction Series: Inuit Art

May 27June 01, 2023
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LOT 113

Lot 113

Bill Nasogaluak ᐱᐃᓪ ᓇᓱᒐᓗᐊᒃ (b. 1953)

Bill Nasogaluak ᐱᐃᓪ ᓇᓱᒐᓗᐊᒃ (b. 1953)
Lot 113 Details
Bill Nasogaluak ᐱᐃᓪ ᓇᓱᒐᓗᐊᒃ (b. 1953), Tuktoyaktuk


signed in Roman; dated
5.75 x 8 x 3.25 in — 14.6 x 20.3 x 8.3 cm

Estimate $900-$1,200

Realised: $861
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Bill Nasogaluak ᐱᐃᓪ ᓇᓱᒐᓗᐊᒃ (b. 1953)
  • Bill Nasogaluak ᐱᐃᓪ ᓇᓱᒐᓗᐊᒃ (b. 1953)
  • Bill Nasogaluak ᐱᐃᓪ ᓇᓱᒐᓗᐊᒃ (b. 1953)
  • Bill Nasogaluak ᐱᐃᓪ ᓇᓱᒐᓗᐊᒃ (b. 1953)
  • Bill Nasogaluak ᐱᐃᓪ ᓇᓱᒐᓗᐊᒃ (b. 1953)

Private Collection, Toronto, ON


The art of Bill Nasogaluak, an accomplished self-taught sculptor, painter and instructor originally from Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, has garnered notable curatorial attention in recent years.

Nasogaluak has created a body of distinctive, socially conscious artworks; sometimes wry in humour and sometimes unflinching in their directness. His imagery draws on Inuit Shamanism and mythology, as well as both Inuit and Western art historical traditions to investigate a wide range of the artist’s experience. Artworks confront issues as diverse as climate change, self-harm, depression, and the impacts of industry in the North.

In the present work Nasogaluak has directed his critical eye toward conventions in Inuit artmaking. Two swimming birds have been sculpted with recessed patches on their bodies to accommodate barcodes—a comment both on our encroachment on the natural word and on the worst effects of capital on artistic expression.


Overall very good condition. Minor imperfections.

Please contact the specialist for further condition information.

LOT 113

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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