Representing Northwest Coast, Inuit and Maori artists
Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
101-1669 West 3rd Ave. Vancouver, BC, Canada  V6J 1K1

1-888-669-8813
or 
1-604-669-8813
MONTHLY ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
ISA SMILER
(1921-1986)
Inukjuak, Quebec

Isa Smiler was one of an original group of artists to carve pieces for James Houston back in the late 1940s on his first visit to Inukjuak (Inoucdjouac). At James's encouragement, Isa continued to carve small hunting figures and animals. He began exhibiting in 1955 and continued to be represented in numerous exhibitions throughout his life. His sculptures are included in many Canadian and American museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as well as being referenced in many books and publications on early Inuit art.

“Born in Inukjuak, Isa was always a hunter, trapper and a fisherman who lived off the land. He began carving in 1948, after Jim Houston had been on a visit to the settlement. His favourite subjects were the Arctic animals of his environment, especially otters. Isa signed his work with his disc number (E9-706), syllabics or Isa. S.” (*from “The Inuit Artists of Inoucdjouac, P.Q.”, 1978. Excerpt courtesy Inuit Art Section, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), 1997).




 
Otter with Fish (1970-75)

Steatite
5.5 x 2.25 x 1.75 inches

Price: $575.00

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November 2018 - NEW COLLECTIONS
 
Noisy Fin (Black)

by Robert Davidson

Aluminium
33 x 24 x 8.5 inches

Price: $28,000.00

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Northwest Coast Art
 
Vanishing Point

by Susan Point

Serigraph, Edition 70
30 x 30 inches

Price: $880.00

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Bear Design Bentwood Box

by Bruce Alfred

Yellow Cedar
23 x 16 x 16 inches

Price: $9,000.00

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Eagle and Raven Bracelet


by Terrence Richard Campbell

Silver
0.5 x 6 inches

Price: $1,500.00

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Inuit Art
 
Dancing Warlus


by Aqjangajuk (Axangayu) Shaa

Marble
11 x 9.5 x 9 inches

Price: $3,850.00

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Mother and Child (ACQ. 1983)
 
by Peter Sevoga

Basalt
13.75 x 10.5 x 5 inches

Price: $4,750.00

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Playful Dog

by Ekidlua Teevee

Serpentine
5 x 6 x 2 inches

Price: $1,250.00

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Howling Wolf
 
by Ekidlua Teevee

Serpentine
7 x 4 x 3 inches

Price: $1,125.00

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*Prices, specifications and images are subject to change without notice. Not responsible for typographical or illustrative errors. 

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