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Luke Airut

Settlement: Iglulik / Igloolik

(1942-2018) — E5-556

Luke Airut began carving in 1967 to earn extra money. He learned about carving stone and whalebone from his father, George Kappianaq, and Igloolik artist Pacome Kolaut. Airut prefers to work with stone because it allows him to use his imagination. In addition to carving he has also made tools and jewellery for sale. Airut's interest in jewellery making and working with silver, copper and other metals was fostered by a six month course he attended at Arctic College in Iqaluit. His wife, Marie Airut, is a crafts artist.


Exhibitions

  • A Preference for Bone, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • Contemporary Sculpture from Igloolik, Pucker/Safrai Gallery
  • Echoes of the Drum, Gallery of the Arctic
  • Eskimo Sculpture in Ivory and Whalebone, Waddington Galleries
  • Festival of Birds, The Arctic Circle
  • Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture Exhibition (first exhibition), Vancouver Inuit Art Society
  • Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture Exhibition (second exhibition), Vancouver Inuit Art Society
  • Hand Crafted Jewellery by the Graduating Students in the Jewellery/Metalwork Certificate Program at Arctic College, Iqaluit Fine Arts Gallery Ltd.
  • Igloolik - Recent Sculpture, Gallery of the Arctic
  • Images of the Far North, Arctic Artistry (held at the Erie County Fairgrounds)
  • Inuit Art on the Mezzanine: New Acquisitions, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Inuit Arts and Crafts at Expo '86, C.N.E. Expo
  • Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts from Dene and Inuit of Canada, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
  • Multiple Realities: Inuit Images of Shamanic Transformation, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Mythic Image, Ancestral Spirits Gallery
  • Sojourns to Nunavut: Contemporary Inuit Art from Canada, at Bunkamura Art Gallery, presented by the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology and The McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • Spirit of the Birds, Gallery of the Arctic
  • Takamit - Canadian Eskimo Art: Selections from Private Collections and the Government of Canada, Organized by La Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau-Quebec and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University
  • Through the Eyes of the Shaman, Arctic Artistry
  • Uumajut: Animal Imagery in Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery

Collections

  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Eskimo Museum, Churchill
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife
  • Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • University of Alberta, Edmonton
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
ALIGHTING OWL 2020-08 (August 2020)
BEAR ATTACKING MAN 2009-11 (November 2009)
BIRD 2013-10 (October 2013)
BUILDING A SNOW HOUSE 2014-11 (November 2014)
DRUM DANCER 2015-06 (June 2015)
DRUMMER 2017-10 (October 2017)
ELABORATELY CARVED SKULL 2015-06 (June 2015)
ELABORATELY CARVED WALRUS SKULL 2019-05 (May 2019)
HUNTER AND POLAR BEAR 2013-05 (May 2013)
HUNTER STALKING A LUNGING POLAR BEAR 2015-10 (October 2015)
MUSK OX 2019-05 (May 2019)

Recent Auction Results

ALIGHTING OWL
Estimate: 700 — 1,000
Sold: Aug 2020 — Sold For: $2,400
MUSK OX
Estimate: 600 — 900
Sold: May 2019 — Sold For: $720
ELABORATELY CARVED WALRUS SKULL
Estimate: 5,000 — 7,000
Sold: May 2019 — Sold For: $4,560
DRUMMER
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Oct 2017 — Sold For: $390
ALIGHTING OWL
Estimate: 400 — 600
Sold: Nov 2016 — Sold For: $780
HUNTER STALKING A LUNGING POLAR BEAR
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Oct 2015 — Sold For: $390

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