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

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MONTHLY ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

IN MEMORIAM

ELI ELIJASSIAPIK
(1936-2015)
Inukjuak

Eli Elijassiapik was born on April 3, 1936 at a camp on the Nauligavik River approximately forty miles north of Inukjuak. The adopted son of Elijassiapik the Elder, Eli and his father stayed with Johnny Inukpuk’s party during the late fifties. Eli’s wife, Eva, is a crafts artist. They were married in 1963, and moved into Inukjuak in 1965 in order for their four children to attend the local federal school. Eli is the eldest brother of Simeonie Elijassiapik and Harry Elijassiapik, who are also well-known carvers in Inukjuak. In addition to being recognized as a talented carver, Eli is also respected for his administrative talents. For several years he served as President of the Inukjuak Community Council. As an active trustee on the Board of Directors of La Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau-Quebec, Eli has had frequent opportunities each year to visit Montreal.

In general, Eli’s sculptures possess the roundness and serenity that are typical in the art of his community. Although his carvings of the late nineteen sixties are modest in size, and usually of fish or birds, they nevertheless demonstrate the artist’s remarkable ability to adapt a variety of decorative and stylistic techniques to suit a particular subject matter. Eli also likes to carve in ivory or bone whenever it can be obtained. Many of his larger figurative carvings utilize small inlays of ivory or bone to accent the elliptical-shaped eyes. Excerpt courtesy Inuit Art Section, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), 1997.








 
Hunter with Catch (1991)

by Eli Elijassiapik

Steatite 6.5 x 4.5 x 5 inches

Price: $750.00

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July 2019 New Collections
 
 
Here I Come Mask

by William Kuhnley

Red Cedar, Horse Hair, Operculum
19 x 13 x 11 inches (excluding base) / 

Price: $20,000.00
 
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Eagle Frontlet
 
(Part of Northern Exposure 2019 Show)

by Jaimie Davis


Alder, Abalone
8 x 6.5 x 4 inches


Price: $3,750.00
 
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Eagle Design Bracelet
 
by Trevor Angus

Silver
1.5 x 6 inhces

Price: $1,200.00
 
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Spirit Wrestler Gallery has always enjoyed a special attraction towards the sculpture of Arctic Quebec. Since we opened our gallery in 1996 we have exhibited this region and and over the many years included their narrative carvings in many of our Inuit exhibitions. In a time of a fast changing culture in the North, their detailed carvings offer a rare glimpse into the past and insights into the disappearing traditional ways of life of living, hunting and fishing on the land. This series of sculptures are by many renowned artists who we have exhibited in the gallery over the last 20 years and continues to show why we love representing the sculptures from Nunavik.  
Tivi Ilisituk // (1933-2012)
Salluit, Quebec, Canada


 
Feeding The Young (1998)

Steatite
4 x 6.5 x 4 inches

Price: $450.00

 
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Sea Hunter Over the Breaking Hole (1998)
  
Steatite
10 x 4 x 2.5 inches (incl. harpoon)

Price: $600.00

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Mother and Child Ice Fishing (1997)
 
Steatite
11 x 4 x 4.5 inches (incl. jig)

Price: $800.00

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Lucassie Echalook // b.1942
Inukjuak, Quebec, Canada


 
Hunter with Caribou (2018)

Steatite
8.5 x 12 x 7 inchs (incl. knife)

Price: $2,500.00
"This man caught a caribou and is preparing to skin it. He will position it, he will remove the skin first and then butcher it, That is the way it is done"
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Simionie Alariaq // b.1965
Salluit, Quebec, Canada






Drum Dancer (1998)

Steatite
7 x 5.5 x 5 inches (incl. drum)

Price: $450.00
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Johnny Kaigadlak Papigatok // b.1941
Salluit, Quebec, Canada
 
Seal Hunter (2018)

Steatite
3 x 6 x 3.75 inches

Price: $450.00
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Adamie Inukpuk // (1943-2017)
Inukjuak, Quebec, Canada


 
My Dog Team (2016)

Steatite
2 x 12.5 x 6.5 inches

Price: $675.00
The sculpture is about Adamie’s dog team with each dog’s harness marked in syllabic with its name. “The names written are sewn on the dog harnesses. From right to left: Taqulik, (oblong tool to adjust flame on kudlik). This dog has white mark over its eyes. Qovayuq, this dog has white hair with brown tail tip. Kayuq, this is brown dog. Tiriaq, the last dog name means weasel”.
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Noah Echalook // b.1946
Inukjuak, Quebec, Canada
 
Polar Bear in Repose (2004)

Steatite
4 x 10.5 x 2.75 inches

Price: $600.00
“This polar bear is hungry. He goes to a seal breathing hole to lie down and wait. He hunts in many different ways for food”.
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The Hunter and the Hunted
  
Steatite
9 x 5 x 2.5 inches

"An eagle hunted and caught a fox. Animals of all kinds always try to survive by hunting, seeking food".

Price: $875.00

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Feeding Goose
(2016)
 

 
Steatite
6.75 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches



Price: $800.00

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Thomasee Echalook // (1935-2011)
Inukjuak, Quebec, Canada


 
“The woman is trying to get her baby off her back in her amauti” (2011)
 

Steatite
9 x 5 x 3 inches


Price: $900.00
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Other New Inuit Arrivals

Shaman Transformation

by Daniel Shimout

Antler
/ 5 x 12 x 4 inches

Price: $1,400.00
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Sedna Becoming Narwhal

by Daniel Shimout

Antler
/ 5.5 x 8.5 x 3 inches (incl. tusk)

Price: $850.00
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Snow Worm Shaman

by Daniel Shimout

Antler
/ 6 x 9 x 2 inches

Price: $850.00
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Drumming Bird Shaman

by Silas Kayakjuak (Qayaqjuaq)

Antler
/ 1.5 x 1 x 1.25 inches (incl. drum)

Price: $250.00

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Dancing Muskox

Serpentine
4.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches

Price: $375.00

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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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