Representing Northwest Coast, Inuit and Maori artists
Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
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Heron at Sunset

by Joe Greene

Steatite
12 x 8.5 x 3 inches

Price: $2,250.00

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"Sun Turtle"

by Eric Silver

Steatite
/ 4 x 12 x 9 inches

Price: $2,250.00

“The sun is a gift from the skies, a big part in sustaining life as we know it, plants, animals all embrace & are embraced by the sun. This (sacred) turtle has been granted this gift.”

 

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MONTHLY ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

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Temela Oopik (1946-2018)
Kimmirut

In November 2018, we sadly lost Temela Oopik, one of the great elders and original master artists from Kimmirut (Lake Harbour). Temela was from the generation who knew, remembered and carved the old traditional ways of Inuit life. Temela spent most of his childhood living on the land, where he learnt all the hunting and trapping skills to survive. He eventually moved into Iqaluit (Frobisher Bay) and lived there for twenty years before finally settling in Kimmirut (Lake Harbour) in 1978. He continued to enjoy hunting in outpost camps away from the settlement. He began carving in 1965 and then exhibiting in 1970. His sculptures have been included in exhibitions in Canada, USA, Europe, and as far away as Korea. He has sculptures in several collections in USA and Canada, and is documented in numerous publications. Temela was a self-taught carver and has been carving constantly over the years in a range of materials, including stone, antler, bone and ivory. His highly detailed pieces mostly depict the traditional ways of living and hunting on the land as shown in this remarkable sculpture, Happy Feasting - Narwhal Hunters







Happy Feasting / Narwhal Hunters

by Temela Oopik

Serpentine, Bone
/ 9 x 17 x 13 inches

Price: $8,750.00

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Mother and Child Drum Dancing

by Temela Oopik

Steatite
/ 9 x 7 x 6 inches

Price: $2,500.00

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JANUARY 2019 NEW COLLECTION
INUIT



"Young Fisherman Anticipating a Good Catch of Fish"

by Mattiusi Iyaituk

Antler, Serpentine, Twine
/ 23.5 x 13 x 8 inches / 


Price: $2,500.00

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“get set …….”

by Michael Massie

Anhydrite, Jatoba Wood, Brass, Birch, Paint
7 x 6 x 4 inches

Price: $3,000.00


 

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“mother and child: he’s a little timid”

by Michael Massie

Anhydrite, Birch, Enamel Paint
/ 7 x 10.5 x 3 inches / 

Price: $3,200.00

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Drum Dance

by Daniel Shimout

Caribou bone, Antler
/ 5.5 x 6.5 x 2.75 inches

Price: $750.00

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Loon

by Jimmy Iqaluq (Iqaluk)

Steatite
/ 3 x 8 x 2 inches

Price: $375.00

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MĀORI
 
Nature's Way

by Todd Couper

Swamp Kauri, Paint, Ink, Slate Base
/ 19 x 23 x 12 inches on base

Price: $17,500.00

 

As we know in nature there is an order of hierarchy among all living creatures of both land and sea. This unspoken lore is what shapes the governing balance and effectively ensures the sustainability of our natural world enabling a harmonious existence for all.

Looking from the outside, nature’s way can sometimes seem cruel or even brutal and we often describe it with common phrases such as “survival of the fittest” or “only the strong survive”! These are not just flippant remarks but actually are short sharp reminders of how nature operates and has done throughout evolution. Unless wild creatures are provoked or are protective of their young they will only kill to survive and do so with an unemotional motivation. As harsh as it appears it ‘is nature’s way’ which leads me to this artwork.

All living things great and small possess their own Mauri (life essence), Mana (prestige, respect) and Wairua (spirit) and therefore as one may consume another for physical sustenance I believe they also consume the Mauri, Mana and Wairua of that creature which they ultimately carry with them through their life’s journey. This artwork symbolises that metaphor, as we know that especially in Aotearoa (New Zealand) the Whai (stingray) is a big part of the Orca’s diet. Both of these beautiful creatures are also kaitiaki (guardian figures) in their own right especially the Whai with certain iwi (tribes) in Aotearoa and the Orca within First Nations culture. Therefore this piece also talks of the cultural connections and close friendships that have been formed between Maori and First Nations through our art.

Most significantly while I was carving this piece I met First Nations artist Klatle Bhi. We shared stories and talked about the symbolism behind this carving. He explained to me that his name ‘Klatle Bhi’ describes the leader in a pod of whales as it comes up for a breath and dives back down. This to me was so ironic and significant that with his blessing I dedicate this piece to that moment me met and the everlasting connections of our two cultures.

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NORTHWEST COAST
Hikyaan Kustan •
Crab of the Woods

by Christian White

Argillite, Opal, Mastodon Ivory, Abalone, Catlinite
/ 2 x 3.5 x 6 inches / 


Price: $9,000.00

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Red Frog
Bentwood Box

by Violet Gatensby

Yellow Cedar, Red Cedar
/ 4.75 x 5.25 x 5.25 inches

Price: $600.00

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Blue Beaver
Bentwood Box

by Violet Gatensby

Yellow Cedar, Red Cedar
/ 5 x 4.75 x 4.75 inches

Price: $600.00

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Green Eagle
Bentwood Box

by Violet Gatensby

Yellow Cedar, Red Cedar
/ 6.75 x 6 x 6 inches

Price: $900.00

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