c. 1970, bears paper label with signature in Roman and syllabics
15" x 14" x 6.5" — 38.1 x 35.6 x 16.5 cm.
November 05, 2012
Still the highest amount ever paid for a work of Inuit art, The Migration by Joe Talirunili remains one of the most iconic works of Canadian art.
The ‘Joe Boat’ as it has become known, was a subject repeated in dozens of carvings by Talirunili. It recounts a traumatic event from the artist’s own childhood. He and the other survivors of a shipwreck are depicted on a crowded umiak – a hastily constructed skin boat – paddling through breaking ice floes in an attempt to reach safety.
Waddington’s is internationally recognized as one of the leading authorities in marketing Inuit Art. No other auction house has been as intrinsically linked to the development of a market for this art form. From our first landmark auction in 1978 of the William Eccles Collection, Waddington’s has offered thousands of works, set record prices, and expanded the market well beyond Canada’s borders. Our legacy of successful Inuit Art auctions, our ability to achieve continually increasing values and our creation of an international market have been key factors in validating Inuit art as a whole and establishing it as an integral part of the Canadian Art scene.