Joe Talirunili

Joe's Escape

JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976)


c. 1970, signed in Roman
4.5" x 7.5" x 2.5" — 11.4 x 19.1 x 6.4 cm.

November 16, 2015

Estimate $20,000-$30,000

Realised: $163,500

This work represents an important piece of Joe Talirunili’s astonishing life story as well as an integral part of his body of work. This unusually expressive little piece is a snapshot in time, much like his famous Migration series. What makes this so special is that Joe had not just one brush with death while traveling by umiak in his lifetime. This boat occupied by Joe and his son was constructed from the wreckage of their boat when it hit a reef.

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Duncan McLean

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