10" Beluga Whale by Louie Uttaq *Heading Home*

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Louie Uttaq

$1,820.00 CAD

Inuit art: Beluga Whale
Inuit Artist: Louie Uttaq
Size: 10" long, 6" high, 6" deep
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU 20
Material: Stone medium & Caribou bone
id: c-100

Magnificent Movement!

The winning feature of Uttaq's spectacular Beluga whale is the fascinating colour of the stone.

Gjoa Haven carvers use the local stone for their sculptures.  It is a matte finish black with gray and green mottling.

The stone colour draws the viewer closer so they can savour the eyes, the frontal bossing of the skull, the perfect muscular tail; every flavour and feeling of this stunning whale.

I love how Uttaq has suspended the whale in space on the antler stand so we can imagine the mammal swimming furiously through the cold Arctic Ocean.

This carving would be an extraordinary gift for a wedding, especially to someone who is new to Inuit art because this sculpture has such universal appeal.

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Louie Uttaq, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut

Louie Uttaq (b.1996) is an Inuit artist from Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven) NU whose practice consists primarily of sculpture. Uttaq comes from a family of artists. He and his father Leo Uttaq and Leo’s brother, carver Simon Uttaq, learned to carve from their father.

Louie creates a variety of carvings but specializes in the mammals and animals of the arctic region. His carvings of hunters and Polar bears are very distinct and treasured by collectors globally.

In 2018 the Fram Museum of Oslo, Norway purchased twenty-two of Louie’s carvings. Cruise passengers from many par t s of the USA, Europe, and the United Kingdom have acquired many of his carvings and he continues to produce many creative pieces.


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