Lot 202


CHARLIE KLENGENBERG AVAKANA (1935-1986), W2-481, COPPERMINE / KUGLUKTUK
RELIEF CARVED PANEL OF GEESE

antler, 1963

7" x 22" x 7" — 17.8 x 55.9 x 17.8 cm.

Provenance:
The Red Pederson Collection
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
Red Pederson, 1963, quoted from The Red Pederson Collection presented by Northern Heritage Native Art

Note:
Pederson, with the Hudson Bay Company and government administration in the Canadian Arctic for 25 years built a collection of over 200 works. He championed Charlie Avakana’s carving and wrote of the first time he became aware of Charlie’s talent. “So I was sitting in there one day, working on a piece of caribou antler, making a crib board. Charlie came in and looked over my shoulder and said “What the hell are you making there?” and I said , “I’m making a crib board. Pretty good, don’t you think?” He said, “I think it’s lousy”, So Red told Charlie to give it a try and do better. “By that evening he’d started an elaborate carving of a caribou antler - done on relief, which I had never, ever seen done before. And the few I’ve seen since are out and out take-offs. Charlie dreamed up that concept entirely on his own. I knew from the start that here was, truly, an incredible talent, and Charlie was born with it.”


Estimate: $300—500


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