Lot 95
Possibly KAROO ASHEVAK (1940-1974) , E4-196, Spence Bay

AN OWL ON A BASE, bone, inset wood, 1967,
6.26" x 1.73" x 2.52"
15.90 x 4.40 x 6.40 cm
Spence Bay


Est. $700/1000
Realised: Please contact us for the value of this item
Auction Date: 11/16/2015


Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist in 1967. The consigner had a history working in the Arctic during most of the 1960’s. First working in Tuktoyaktuk in the early 1960’s making fur products for sale with local Inuit women. She then moved to the community of Spence Bay (Taloyoak), where she continued her work as a government official. As the Assistant Area Administrator, she enacted various roles including working with artists as part of the government initiated arts and crafts program. In Art & Expression of the Netsilik, Eeteemunga (Karoo’s sister) spoke of the development of craft industries in Spence Bay and the new craft officer that encouraged Ashevak to carve. On page 64 she exclaims, “Once he began, he didn’t think of anything else!”

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

Note: The works were carved from whalebone from Creswell Bay ancient Inuit campsite, Somerset Island. It was customary for whalebone to be salvaged and flown in to Taloyoak (Spence Bay) from Thule sites in the late 1960’s and 1970’s.


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