Luke Kolola

Luke Kolola is an inuit artist from Kimmirut, Nunavut.

Kimmurut is located on Baffin Island just south of Nunavut’s capital Iqaluit. It has a small population and access is restricted to air and water only.

Kimmurut hosts a small but thriving arts community and is famous for its beautiful dark and apple green colored serpentine stone. Sculptures from this region are highly representational, with naturalistic animal subjects that are smooth and very highly polished.

Although Kimmurut is not as large a community (in terms of numbers of artists) as its neighbor Cape Dorset, it is still home to two extraordinary cavers who are considered to be the best Inuit artists in the world.

Luke primarily carves marble or serpentine, a local stone found in open pit mines in Nunavut. Serpentine is a rock similar in composition to jade. Just like jade, it is a very hard stone, so it takes a lot of artistic vitality to carve it.

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