NINGEOSEAK PETER (1937-) KINNGAIT (CAPE DORSET) Three Basking Seals, 1963
the first: 3 x 6 3/4 x 1 1/2 in (7.6 x 17.1 x 3.8 cm) the second: 2 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 1 1/2 in (6.3 x 21 x 3.8 cm) the third: 2 x 5 1/4 x 1 1/4 in (5.1 x 13.3 x 3.2 cm)
each signed and inscribed with disc number, "ᓂᒋᐅᓯᐊ / E7 1137"
ESTIMATE: $600 — $900
New Price: $400
Ningeoseak Peter began carving probably around 1960. His sculptures in stone and whale bone have been shown in about twenty exhibitions, and are housed in at least a dozen public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Canadian Museum of History. These lovely, beautifully executed seals are fine examples of his early carving style.
Estate of Peter Murdoch, Montreal. One of the most important Qallunaat figures in the development of Inuit art, Peter Murdoch (1929-2015) became a Hudson’s Bay post manager in the Arctic in 1947 at the tender age of eighteen; managed the Rehab Centre in Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit) in the early 1960s where he instituted a successful carving program; and devoted the rest of his life to building and nurturing FCNQ, the federation of co-ops in Nunavik (Arctic Quebec). He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2015.