Inuit art: Fish Transformational
Inuit Artist: Clayton Keknek
Size: 14.5" long, 6" wide, 8" deep
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU
Clayton Keknek is fast becoming one of those artists whose pieces are immediately recognizable.
This means that when you see one of Clayton's transformation pieces, you know immediately that this is a signature Keknek sculpture.
Every artist wants to achieve this status. Not everyone does.
Look at this amazing piece.
This is a signature Keknek carving.
The widely spaced inlaid eyes contain the life force of this creature. Without them, this would be a piece of stone.
What I love about this piece is the head looks like the sun. Bright, cheery and warm.
The body is large, clunky and deeply ridged. This carving is substantial and beautiful.
Believe me when I tell you these Keknek transformations are unlike anything else in Inuit carving.
And, this is not a realistic carving.
You cannot examine each feature of the carving and assign a label to it.
You will drive yourself crazy if you start asking " Is this an arm or is this a tail?"
Some art lovers are put off by this abstract style of carving.
But Clayton's Abstract style is exciting and refreshing. His sculptures gently force the viewer to use their imaginations.
IKeknek is a gifted artist whose transformation pieces will elevate the calibre of your Inuit art collection.
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