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
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1-604-669-8813
MONTHLY ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
Henry Evaluardjuk (1923-2007)
Pond Inlet & Iqaluit

“From Igloolik we moved to Pond Inlet. It was there that I started to carve. A white man there said that my uncle and one other man were the only people who carved in this settlement. I told him I knew I could carve too if I tried … I have been carving since then.

“In 1959 I came to Iqaluit from Pond Inlet. I helped to get the Co-op started and remained working there for three years. When I was working for the government at the Arts & Crafts [Centre], I was introduced to painting. When I was a boy I used to draw many pictures. My father got pencils for me from the white men. I enjoy painting.”

Henry Evaluardjuk, a true Arctic character and legend, was renowned for his realistic carved portrayals of polar bears that were always affectionately referred to as "Henry Bears". Over many years I have had fun moments sitting with him watching him carve as he chiseled and filed away the stone, with a cigarette in his mouth, glasses perched on the end of his nose, and a mischievous smile on his face. We have represented many of his sculptures through decades as there has always been an unprecedented demand for his sculptures, especially his polar bears. Henry although noted for his bears, could carve almost any Arctic animal or bird with extraordinary anatomical accuracy, but he was also known among collectors for his realistic portrait-like busts of Inuit. Since 1961, he has had his sculptures exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions, included in many corporate and museum collections, through out Canada, USA and Europe, as well as documented in numerous catalogues and books.



Prowling Bear (c.1993)

serpentine
5 x 4 x 10.75 inches

Price: $5000.00

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June 2018 - NEW COLLECTIONS
Northwest Coast Art
 
Forest Spirit

by Christian White

This sculpture started out as a Gaagiid (Wildman) but changed and developed into something different.
 
As I was carving it, I thought of s a story I was told by my Uncle Willis White. It was a story about my great grandfather Henry Yaaswaad (White). Him and his brother were camping on a hunting trip on the West Coast Duuguusd. As they sat by their evening fire, spears or arrows flew out of the woods over the bluff above them. Except that these were tiny spears and arrows, bouncing off them and falling harmlessly nearby. Ben, meanwhile picked up one of the little sticks and placed the end in the fire. After it lit on fire, he brought it to his tobacco pipe and had a calm smoke. They slept lightly that night, never the less many of the spears and arrows were gone in the morning when they pulled camp.
 
There is also many other stories of little people, Skil Jaadee (Property Woman, the Fairy)is one of them. These small beings are sometimes seen walking away from the person seeing them.
 
So my sculpture depicts one of the little warriors.

argillite, abalone, catlinite, mammoth ivory
8.5 x 9 x 3 inches

Price: $18000.00

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Wolf Design Box (Green)

by Violet Gatensby

Yellow Cedar, Red Cedar
7 x 7.25 x 2.25 inches

Price: $900.00

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Inuit Art






Carver Making Sculpture

by Pitseolak (Pitsiula) Qimirpik

serpentine
4.75 x 4 x 2 inches

Price: $850.00

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Little Bird (2004)

serpentine
1.5 x 2.5 x 4.5  inches / 

Price: $575.00

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Seagull Harrassing Seal

by Kellypalik Qimirpik

serpentine
5 x 5.25 x 4.5 inches

Price: $375.00

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Owl with Lemming (1960)

steatite
3 x 2.25 x 1.75 inches / 

Price: $375.00

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Skipping Girl

by Silas Kayakjuak (Qayaqjuaq)

Serpentine, Sinew
2.5 x 1.75 x 1.5 inches

Price: $375.00

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Muskox Shaman Pipe (c.1960)

Steatite, Brass, Muskox Horn
2 x 6.5 x 4  inches / 

Price: $850.00

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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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