The black chlorite carved by the artist has created wonderfully colouring on a series called EVERGREEN INUKSHUK of three inukshuks (SPRUCE, PINE and JACKPINE). Each a different design and colouring, they each have their own "personality". Known in the Inuit culture as a wayfinding mark, the inukshuk symbol has come to represent community and loyalty to many cultures. This carving with its black and green hues is finished with a polyurathane to protect the stone. Any of these one-of-a-kind pieces are a special gift on its own, or keep the trio together. $175 each (plus tax)
Size: 6" high, approximately 5" arm span. Perfect for on a desk, dresser or bookshelf.
The video shows the artist at work on an earlier inukshuk piece.
The Carver: Wesley Booker grew up on the north channel of Lake Huron, an upbringing that would eventually draw him back artistically to his art medium of choice. Wesley has always been interested in a variety of art. He participated in many visual art shows including at the Ethel Curry Gallery in Haliburton. In 2005 he attended Haliburton School of the Arts for the Artist Blacksmith certification. His love of art and design took him next to St. Lawrence College and an advanced diploma in Graphic Design.
In 2016, he started taking summer intensive courses at Haliburton School of the Arts for stone, carving by hand, power tools, and advanced studio practice methods. Wesley has found stone carving to be the most satisfying of all, both because of his love of the North Channel landscape and because it has been the most challenging. He also feels it is the most ‘pure’ and ‘simplistic’ medium. “The Canadian shield stone has its ageless forms which inspire my work to carve themselves from the tools used.”
“The beauty of working with stone is its timelessness. Stone is birthed from of the earth, formed and sculpted in its own perfect way, and I can bring new life to it carving with old and new methods.”