Lot 66


CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999), E4-341, SPENCE BAY / TALOYOAK
DEMON FISHERMAN

stone, musk ox horn, bone, signed in syllabics

17" x 9" x 9" — 43.2 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm.

Provenance:
Waddington’s Auctioneers & Appraisers, November 2002,
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
Darlene Coward Wight, Art & Expression of the Netsilik, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2000, page 104

Note:
Wonderfully inventive and highly skilled, artist Charlie Ugyuk created some of the most fascinating and intricate works in the North. He is perhaps most famous for his “‘fire and brimstone’ devils that were depicted in various versions of the Bible used by missionaries in the north in the 1930’s to 1950’s. Ugyuk has commented that the missionaries denounced Inuit shamans as devils, and he makes visual reference to this demonization in many of his sculptures.”


Estimate: $18,000—20,000

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