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George Arluk, ᐊᓗ

Settlement: Eskimo Point / Arviat

(1949) — E3-1049

Alternative Names: Arluk Arluk, George Arluk, Aiyarani Arluk, Arloo Arluk, Arlook Arluk, Arlu Arluk, Arlooq Arluk

George Arluk was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 5, 1949. The fourth child of a family of seven he was the only one of his siblings to become full-time artist. His brother, Charlie Panigoniak, would also carve but would choose music as his artistic expression. 

Arluk taught himself to carve at age nine. His early works are influenced by the abstract style of Tiktak, Kavik and John Pangnark who encountered while he lived in Rankin Inlet from 1956 to 1975. 

By the mid-1970s Arluk's had developed a distinct style; his abstract sculptures varying greatly from the typically realistic representations of Inuit life.  His subjects sometimes include spirits and arctic animals, but his main theme is the human figure, depicting single figures such as hunters and mothers with babies in their amautiks. He sometimes groups figures together to form abstracted compositions of gently curving forms, drawing comparison to the sculpture of Henry Moore. 

Arluk is considered to be one of the most prominent artists of the Keewatin region.


Exhibitions

  • Abstract in Stone, Northern Reflections Eskimo Art Gallery
  • Arctic Mirror, Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • Arctic Spirit 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art, Frye Art Museum
  • Art Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie Sanguine, La Rochelle
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie Akenaton
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie Maite Aubert
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie Ombre et Lumiere
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie La Tour des Cardinaux
  • Art Inuit, la Sculpture des Esquimaux du Canada, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Les Chiroux, Centre Culturel de la Wallonie, Liege
  • Art Inuit, Sculpture des Esquimaux du Canada, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie La Poutre, Marseille
  • Art Inuit: Autour de la Collection de Cape Dorset 1990, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Centre Culturel Canadien
  • Arviat: Eskimo Point, Marion Scott Gallery
  • Bears of the North, Snow Goose Associates
  • Beeldhouwkunst van de Inuit (Canada), by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai, France at Amphora Finippon pvba, Sint Andries, Brugge, Belgium
  • Collector's Choice: 1965-1980, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Drawings and Sculpture from Baker Lake, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Eskimo Art, Embankment Gallery
  • Eskimo Fantastic Art, Gallery 111, School of Art, University of Manitoba
  • Espaces Inuit, Maison Hamel-Bruneau
  • George Arlook - The Song in the Stone, Images of the North
  • George Arlook Sculpture, University of Alberta
  • George Arluk, Inuit Galerie
  • George Arluk, Inuit Galerie
  • George Arluk - Sculpture, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Images from the Arctic, Galerie D'Art Vincent
  • In Celebration, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Inuit Art in the 1970s, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  • Inuit Art: from the collection of Maurice Yacowar, Collector's Gallery
  • Inuit Master Artists of the 1970s, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Inuit Sculpture 1974/Sculpture Inuit 1974, Lippel Gallery
  • Inuk, Inuit: Art et tradition chez les esquimaux d'hier et d'aujourd'hui, presented by L'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai, at Musee des Beaux-arts d'Arras
  • Kanuitpit? Kunst und Kulturen der Eskimo: Eine Auswahl aus den Museumssammlungen, Staatliches Museum fur Volkerkunde Munchen
  • Kunst van de Inuit Eskimo's, Gemeentelijk Kunstcentrum Huis Hellemans
  • Legacy in Stone: Carvings from the Canadian Arctic, Four Winds Gallery
  • Major/Minor, Marion Scott Gallery
  • Mother and Child: Selections from the Inuit Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Multiple Realities: Inuit Images of Shamanic Transformation, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Not Just a Dancing Step..., Galerie D'Art Vincent
  • Primitive Art from the Arctic, Arctic Artistry
  • Rankin Inlet/Kangirlliniq, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Sculpture by Arlook of Rankin Inlet, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • Sculpture by George Arlook, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Sculpture Inuit: Stone/Bone circa 1960-1979, Canadiana Galleries
  • Sculpture of the Inuit: Lorne Balshine Collection/Lou Osipov Collection/ Dr. Harry Winrob Collection, Surrey Art Gallery
  • Sixty Diminutive Eskimo Carvings, Images of the North
  • Small Sculptures from across the Canadian Arctic, Feheley Fine Arts
  • The Bear: Sculpture, Albers Gallery
  • The Coming and Going of the Shaman: Eskimo Shamanism and Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Inuit Imagination, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Inuit: Managers of the Land, Chrysalis Gallery
  • The Jacqui and Morris Shumiatcher Collection of Inuit Art, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina
  • The Mulders' Collection of Eskimo Sculpture, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Sculpture of George Arlook, Richard Rapfogel Fine Arts
  • The Spirit of the Land, The Koffler Gallery
  • The Swinton Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Williamson Collection of Inuit Sculpture, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina
  • The Zazelenchuk Collection of Eskimo Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Three Sculptors; George Arlook, Charlie Kittosuk and Enook Manomie, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • Traditions and Innovations in Inuit Art Sculpture in Stone, Images of the North
  • Tundra & Ice IV, Orca Aart Gallery
  • Tundra & Ice: Exceptional Sculpture from Canada, Orca Aart Gallery
  • Two Artists - Sculpture/Arlook, Drawings/Qarlisaq, Image of the Inuit Contempo Westwood Centre
  • Useful Bits of Bone, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • [Inuit Art Exhibition], Whitby Arts Incorporated, The Station Gallery
  • [L'art inuit], Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Chapelle de la Visitation, Thonon
  • [L'art inuit], Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie des Tanneurs, Mulhouse
  • [L'art inuit], Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Les Martres-de-Veyre
  • [L'art inuit], Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Chambre de Commerce de Chateauroux
  • [L'art inuit], Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie Autre Regard, Paris
  • [L'art inuit], Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at St. Marcellin
  • [L'art inuit], Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Palais de L'Europe, Le Touquet

Collections

  • Amway Environmental Foundation Collection, Ada
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
  • Eskimo Museum, Churchill
  • Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet
  • Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
  • Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal
  • Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Brunswick
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife
  • Red Deer and District Museum and Archives, Red Deer
  • Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge
  • Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
  • Williamson Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
A COUPLE 2017-06 (June 2017)
ABSTRACT COMPOSITION 2016-03 (March 2016)
ABSTRACT FIGURE 2014-02 (February 2014)
ALERT FIGURE 2015-10 (October 2015)
AN INUIT FAMILY 2007-11 (November 2007)
BEAR 2018-05 (May 2018)
BIRD SITTING ATOP A ROCK ; SEAL 2011-09 (September 2011)
BUST 2008-11 (November 2008)
COMPOSITION 2019-12 (December 2019)
COUPLE; BIRTH SCENE 2014-03 (March 2014)
DANCING BEAR 2019-02 (February 2019)
DANCING COUPLE 2014-03 (March 2014)
DANCING INUK 2015-08 (August 2015)
DANCING POLAR BEAR 2012-07 (July 2012)
DRUM DANCER 2016-02 (February 2016)
FACE 2010-11 (November 2010)
FACES 2011-10 (October 2011)
FACES AND ANIMAL TRANSFORMATION 2012-06 (June 2012)
FAMILY 2019-11 (November 2019)
FAMILY; FIGURE 2012-04 (April 2012)
FIGURE 2019-11 (November 2019)
FIGURE AND SEALS 2009-01 (January 2009)
FIGURE WITH INCISED HUNTING MOTIFS 2016-04 (April 2016)
FIGURES 2007-09 (September 2007)
GROUP OF 3 FIGURES 2008-02 (February 2008)
HAPPY INUK 2015-08 (August 2015)
HAPPY SPIRITS 2017-11 (November 2017)
HUNTER AND BEAR 2020-02 (February 2020)
HUNTER WITH PREY 2016-09 (September 2016)
INUIT FAMILY 2007-11 (November 2007)
INUIT FIGURE 2008-11 (November 2008)
INUK ON A SNOWMOBILE 2016-11 (November 2016)
KNEELING MAN 2011-09 (September 2011)
LOOKING EVER WAY 2014-02 (February 2014)
MAN & BIRD 2009-04 (April 2009)
MAN ON A SNOWMOBILE 2011-11 (November 2011)
MAN WITH SPIRIT HELPER 2020-06 (June 2020)
MANY FACES; MOTHER WITH CHILD IN AMAUT 2014-03 (March 2014)
MOTHER AND CHILD 2014-04 (April 2014)
MUSK OX 2020-01 (January 2020)
MUSK OX SHAMAN 2018-11 (November 2018)
MUSK-OXEN 2009-10 (October 2009)
PEOPLE 2013-10 (October 2013)
POLAR BEAR 2019-11 (November 2019)
SEDNA 2020-01 (January 2020)
SEDNA AND CREATION 2014-06 (June 2014)
SEDNA WITH FISH 2015-01 (January 2015)
SHAMAN 2018-05 (May 2018)
SHAMAN TRANSFORMATION 2019-03 (March 2019)
SHAMAN WARRIOR 2016-11 (November 2016)
SMILING MAN 2019-04 (April 2019)
SPIDER SPIRIT 2011-11 (November 2011)
SPIRIT 2020-02 (February 2020)
SPIRIT FACES 2017-11 (November 2017)
SPIRIT FAMILY 2017-06 (June 2017)
SPIRIT FIGURE 2017-10 (October 2017)
SPIRIT FIGURE WITH INCISED DETAIL 2020-03 (March 2020)
SPIRIT FIGURES 2010-04 (April 2010)
SPIRIT HELPERS 2018-11 (November 2018)
SPIRITS 2020-06 (June 2020)
STANDING BEAR 2008-05 (May 2008)
STANDING FIGURE 2014-02 (February 2014)
STANDING MAN 2014-03 (March 2014)
STYLIZED BIRD 2011-03 (March 2011)
STYLIZED FIGURE 2012-04 (April 2012)
STYLIZED MAN 2011-05 (May 2011)
THREE FACES 2007-11 (November 2007)
TRANSFORMATION 2017-08 (August 2017)
TRANSFORMATION AND ANIMAL SPIRITS 2016-11 (November 2016)
TRANSFORMATIONS 2011-09 (September 2011)
TWO BUSTS 2020-03 (March 2020)
TWO FAMILY GROUPS 2017-05 (May 2017)
TWO FIGURES 2020-03 (March 2020)
TWO INUIT FIGURES 2007-04 (April 2007)
TWO MUSK OXEN 2015-10 (October 2015)
TWO MUSK OXES 2007-11 (November 2007)
TWO SPIRITS 2018-08 (August 2018)
TWO TRANSFORMATIONS 2016-11 (November 2016)
TWO-FACED TRANSFORMTION 2011-01 (January 2011)
WALRUS 2008-11 (November 2008)

Recent Auction Results

SPIRITS
Estimate: 1,000 — 1,500
Sold: Jun 2020 — Sold For: $2,400
MAN WITH SPIRIT HELPER
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Jun 2020 — Sold For: $264
TWO FIGURES
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Mar 2020 — Sold For: $180
TWO FIGURES
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Mar 2020 — Sold For: $180
TWO BUSTS
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Mar 2020 — Sold For: $180
SPIRIT FIGURE WITH INCISED DETAIL
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Mar 2020 — Sold For: $276

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