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Musk Ox with Calf, c. 1990 by Derrald Taylor

Musk Ox with Calf, c. 1990 by Derrald Taylor

Regular price $2,800.00 Sale

Musk Ox with Calf, c. 1990
by Derrald Taylor
Tuktoyaktuk, NWT, Canada
soapstone, bone
9” high x 16” long x 6” deep

NOTE: The front hooves of the musk ox calf have been chipped and will be restored. The piece is priced accordingly.

Derrald Taylor was born fourth of seven children in Tuktoyaktuk, in the Northwest Territories of Canada, a small community on the shores of the Arctic Ocean with a population of one thousand people. Growing up in Tuktoyaktuk, he spent much of his time hunting and fishing in the lifestyle of his ancestors.

Born into an artistic family, Derrald credits his father, Bobby, for instilling an interest in carving at an early age. Derrald would watch his father and then practice with hand tools on antlers and whalebone. Eventually, he progressed to soapstone and now uses all three materials to create his works of art. In the late 1980's and early 1990's, Derrald began using power tools to craft his artwork. He still finishes each piece by hand.

Derrald's carvings reflect a hunter’s knowledge in his precise depiction of Arctic animals such as caribou, muskox, beluga whales and polar bears. His ability to capture the essence of the animal he is portraying demonstrates a firsthand intimacy with its characteristics and anatomy. His work is also inspired by his people and their culture. A familiar subject of his are Inuvialuit Drum Dancers playing in traditional dress.

Working from Frozen Rock Studios, a carving collective in Yellowknife, Derrald spends much of his time creating commissioned pieces for collectors around the world.

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