Lee­van Etok

b. 1988 Kangiq­su­alu­jjuaq, QC

Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE - – Richard Mur­doch

Lee­van Etok is cer­tainly a “30 Artists to Know”. Al­though he has made a few won­der­ful sculp­tures in stone, he works mostly in cari­bou antler, as good carv­ing stone is hard to find around Kangiq­su­alu­jjuaq. Lee­van had the good fortune to have Daniel An­nanack as a men­tor, and, while his ear­lier works re­sem­ble those of Daniel, Lee­van is quickly de­vel­op­ing his own, unique style, char­ac­ter­ized by clean, very de­tailed bas-re­lief work. Some of his best carv­ings are of dog teams, which demon­strate that he re­ally knows and un­der­stands that sub­ject. Upon close ob­ser­va­tion you can see that he has very pre­cisely ren­dered each of the in­di­vid­ual planks of the qa­mu­tiik (sled). He has also done im­pres­sive hunt­ing and fam­ily scenes, uti­liz­ing the nat­u­ral shapes of the antler. Of­ten Lee­van will leave some of the orig­i­nal patina of the antler, cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful con­trast be­tween the nat­u­ral and pol­ished sur­faces. His work in­cor­po­rates tra­di­tional sub­ject mat­ter and themes, which he is able to ex­pertly ren­der with mod­ern tools and tech­niques. In 2015, a carv­ing by Lee­van won sec­ond place in the Carv­ing Con­test or­ga­nized by La Fédéra­tion des coopéra­tives de Nou­veau-Québec. My only prob­lem with Lee­van is that we would like to see more of his work!

COUR­TESY LA FÉDÉRA­TION DES COOPÉRA­TIVES DU NOU­VEAU-QUÉBEC

Lee­van Etok Man and Dog Team 2015 Antler 23.5 × 45 × 9.5 cm

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