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Joe Talirunili

(1893 -  1976 )
TALIRUNILI Joe Unititled (inuit Activities)

Waddington's /Dec 6, 2010
748.17 - 1,496.33
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Joe Talirunili -  Povungnituk, Puvirnituq Owl

Joe Talirunili - Povungnituk, Puvirnituq Owl

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Lot number: 133
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JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976), E9-818, POVUNGNITUK / PUVIRNITUQ OWL stone signed in Roman 5.5" x 3" x 2.5" — 14 x 7.6 x 6.4 cm. Note: An important icon in many cultures throughout history including Inuit art, the owl has been a popular subject for some Inuit artists. Joe\’s interpretation of owls are the most unique. He imbues his typically 5-6\” owls with prehistoric characteristics emphasizing the eyes and talons with exaggerated proportions.
Joe Talirunili - Untitled

Joe Talirunili - Untitled

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Lot number: 123
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JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976), E9-818, Povungnituk
UNTITLED (INUIT HUNTER WITH TWO SEALS, POLAR BEAR ANDWOLF)
stonecut
1965, 26/30
framed
slight dimpling and creasing of the paper
16.00" (height) x 16.00" (width),
45.70 cm (height) x 45.70 cm (width),
Provenance:
Les Federation des Cooperatives du NouveauQuebec, Levis, Quebec.

Joe Talirunili - Migration Boat

Joe Talirunili - Migration Boat

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Lot number: 69
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Lot # 069
Joe Talirunili
1893 - 1976 Canadian
Migration Boat
grey soapstone and wood sculpture
signed "Joe" and "Ta-li-ru-ni-li" on a label, certified by theGovernment of Canada on the Canada Eskimo Art card #(31)-1-49058and numbered 31-BIA 0149058 on the Canada Eskimo Art label on thework
13 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 in 34.3 x 24.1 x 31.7cm
Provenance:
Canada Eskimo Art, 1976
Boreal Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Quebec
Literature:
Marybelle Myers, editor, Joe Talirunili: A Grace Beyond the Reachof Art, 1977, pages 4, 6 and 30
Strong in will and spirit, Joe Talirunili's distinctive carvingsare a product of his environment and are inspired by the historyand legends of the Inuit people, as well as his own experiences.Talirunili was born in Neahungnuk camp near the Great Whale Rivernorth of Puvirnituq, Nunavik (Arctic Quebec) between 1893 and 1906.Talirunili's own recollection is the 1906 date, however, writtenrecords in Ottawa debate this. Talirunili grew up as part oftraditional Inuit culture. The Inuit studied the land and wereshaped by their environment, which sustained their way of life.They adapted symbiotically with their harsh arctic landscape,becoming migratory by necessity, moving inland during the summermonths and returning to the coast during the winter to hunt seal.Talirunili's creativity was born from these experiences andexpressed through his carving and graphic work, which filled thelast fifteen years of his life.
Talirunili's most significant and important pieces are from hisMigration series. These dramatic sculptures relate to a personalstory of survival during a migration back to the mainland from anouter island in Hudson Bay. As the family fought to reach land intheir overcrowded umiak (a boat they hastily constructed withwhatever wood, sealskin and rope that they had available), the icemelted around them. Talirunili notes in his writing the names ofmany of his people who were lost at sea during this expedition. Hewas just a small child at the time, and this was a central,life-changing event which he carried with him throughout his life.Carved from stone and accented with wood, bone and leather, worksfrom this series evoke a sense of the unique history of the Inuitin their courage to survive. One can feel the fear of his people intheir struggle back to the shore through the harsh elements andicy, mist-covered water, but also the feeling of the miraculous forthose who survived. Talirunili writes, "There was a great crash ofthunder which frightened all of the children in the boat and madeus cover our ears with our hands, it was so loud. And when thethunder stopped, we could see that a path had been made through theice for us and in this path there was just flat water with nopieces of ice. This path led us to land."
Talirunili's work is not typical of Puvirnituq sculpture, which isknown for its realistic presentation with smooth surfaces and itsfine lines. On the contrary, his work is harder and more abstract.His carving methods are rough in style, described by Johnny Pov as"carving in a style that can not be copied." Marybelle Myerswrites, "A lesser artist might be accused of audacity but Joe'sdispensation came through membership in that class of geniuses who,following their inclination, may choose to imitate or ignore the'rules' of art." Talirunili carved with no preliminary sketches orplanning and used what materials were available to him. Theresulting work is bold and original, and among the most importantexamples of Inuit sculpture in existence today.
Joe Talirunili - Unititled (inuit Activities)

Joe Talirunili - Unititled (inuit Activities)

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Lot number: 124
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JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976), E9-818, Povungnituk
UNITITLED (INUIT ACTIVITIES)
stonecut
1965
framed
tape marks along the the top edge of the print
24.00" (height) x 28.50" (width),
61.00 cm (height) x 72.40 cm (width),
Provenance:
Les Federation des Cooperatives duNouveau-Quebec, Levis Quebec.
6/1/1971

Joe Talirunili - Hunter Carrying A Seal With Harpoon, Bow And Rifle

Joe Talirunili - Hunter Carrying A Seal With Harpoon, Bow And Rifle

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Lot number: 70
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Lot # 070
Joe Talirunili
1893 - 1976 Canadian
Hunter Carrying a Seal with Harpoon, Bow and Rifle
grey soapstone, bone and wood sculpture
signed "Joe", inscribed "1-48147", certified by the Government ofCanada on the Canada Eskimo Art card #(31)-1-48147 and numbered31-CJ 0148147 on the Canada Eskimo Art label on the work
8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 5 in 21.6 x 11.4 x 12.7cm
Provenance:
Canada Eskimo Art, 1976
Private Collection, Quebec
Literature:
Marybelle Myers, editor, Joe Talirunili: A Grace Beyond the Reachof Art, 1977, reproduced page 17
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