Davidialuk’s ‘Sleeping Platform’ Sets New Record

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Waddington’s Inuit Art Auction Results

A record for Povungnituk artist Davidialuk Alasua Amittu was one of several highlights of Waddington’s Inuit Art Auction held in Toronto November 17. Sleeping Platform an impressive sculpture in dark stone, reached $45,600 beating a previous record for a work by the artist, also set by Waddington’s in 2013. An exquisite bone sculpture by Karoo Ashevak of a bird defending its nest of eggs was also hugely popular, fetching $36,000, and a stonecut print by consummate favourite Kenojuak Ashevak, Bird Humans, brought $20,400.

The three top lots were clearly representative of the best of the diversity of Inuit art. Works by the great storyteller Davidialuk, while always an intriguing depiction of an Inuit myth, legend, story or custom – is rarely described as beautiful. In contrast, Karoo’s work is prized for its whimsy, beautiful execution and creative brilliance. Kenojuak’s Bird Humans, a striking crimson blend of people and birds, is emblematic of the late, iconic artist’s sense of design and use of colour. Additionally, John Kavik’s Contemplative Man, sold for $19,200.

Waddington’s also noted that the prices obtained for original drawings in the auction indicated a growth in their popularity: three drawings by Parr sold for a total of $27,000. An extraordinary artist who began his art career at the age of 68, Parr’s drawings are considered to be a record of the traditional hunting and nomadic lifestyle of the Inuit for future generations.

Note: prices quoted are in Canadian dollars and are comprised of hammer price and buyers’ commission.

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