Uelen Artists


Eynes, Lubov Ivanovna

Born in 1958 in Uelen Lubov Eynes is a Chukchi woman, the daughter of engraver Galina Tynatval. She studied with her mother, and has worked at the Uelen Carving Workshop since 1980. Her works can be found in the Chukotka District Museum (Anadyr), and the Museum of Uelen Carving Workshop (Uelen).

Legend of Woman-Seal This work was engraved using the innovative salt water technique which creates thicker, darker lines than acid engraving techniques.

Creature Taking Man’s Soul

The Chukchi believe that the spirit that takes a person’s soul when they die is half man and half walrus. Lubov Eynes conceived of this image after dreaming of a half walrus spirit. Shortly after completing the print her twin sister died.

 

This work was engraved using the innovative salt water which creates thicker, darker lines than acid engraving techniques.

Legend of Hunter and Bear This work was engraved using the innovative salt water technique which creates thicker, darker lines than acid engraving.
Hunter Pulling Dead Seal This work was engraved on scrap aluminum without etching using the same tools and methods that Uelen engravers use on ivory.
Carving the Walrus This work was engraved on scrap aluminum without etching using the same tools and methods that Uelen engravers use on ivory.
Dog attacking walrus
This work was engraved on scrap aluminum without etching using the same tools and methods that Uelen engravers use on ivory.

Il'key, Elena Tukkaevna

Born in 1947 in Uelen, Elena Il’key is Chukchi. She is the daughter of the famous carver Tukkay and worked at the Uelen Carving Workshop from 1965 to 1996. Since 1996 she has worked at home. Her works can be found in the Museum of Folk Art ( Moscow), Chukotka District Museum (Anadyr), and the Museum of Uelen Carving Workshop (Uelen ).

Beating the Clothes This work was engraved using the innovative salt water technique which creates thicker, darker lines than acid engraving techniques.

Ergiro, Marina Alexsandrovna

Engraver Marina Alexandrovna Ergiro was born in 1963 in Uelen. She is Chukchi, granddaughter of the honored carver of Russia, Tukkay, and has studied with engravers, Elena II’Key and Galina Irgutegina. She has worked at the Uelen workshop since 1982 and has works displayed at the Museum of Uelen Carving Workshop (Uelen).

Legend of Sly Crow This work was engraved using the innovative salt water technique which creates thicker, darker lines than acid engraving techniques.

Irgutegina, Galina Ivanovna

Born in 1945. Galina Irgutegina has received the Russian national award of “Honored Artist of Russia”. Gallina Irgutegina is a Chukchi. She worked at the Uelen Carving Workshop from 1967 to 1996. From 1996 has worked at home in Uelen. Her works can be found in Museum of Folk Art ( Moscow), State Museum of Oriental Art ( Moscow), Chukotka District Museum (Anadyr), and the Museum of Uelen Carving Workshop (Uelen ).

Woman and Baby This work was engraved using the innovative salt water technique which creates thicker, darker lines than acid engraving techniques.
Child with Ball This work was engraved using the innovative salt water technique which creates thicker, darker lines than acid engraving techniques.
Woman with Child This work was engraved using the innovative salt water technique which creates thicker, darker lines than acid engraving techniques.
Lottery This work was engraved using the innovative salt water technique which creates thicker, darker lines than acid engraving.

Demon/Monster

This image comes from a Chukchi legend about a powerful shaman who decides to marry off his beautiful daughter. Suitors gather from all around, including this monster. The shaman tells the suitors that they must demonstrate their best skill and the monster decides to play the drum and sing. His music is so bad that he throws his drum and beater down in disgust.

This work was engraved using the innovative salt water technique which creates thicker, darker lines than acid engraving.

Ettyntegeu, Andrei A.

Andrei Ettyntegeu is a high school student who participated in the Uelen printmaking workshop. He can be seen in a photo with instructor Paul Machnik printing this work.

Transformation This work was engraved on scrap aluminum without etching using the same tools and methods that Uelen engravers use on ivory.
Walrus This work was engraved on scrap aluminum without etching using the same tools and methods that Uelen engravers use on ivory.

Il'key, Stanislav Viktorovich

Born in 1967 in Uelen, male, Chukchi son of the engraver Elena Il’key grandson of the carver Tukkay, studied with the engraver Vasily Emrykain and also at the Abramozevo Art College, Has worked at the Uelen Carving workshop since 1984. His work can be found at Chukotka District Museum (Anadyr), and the Museum of Uelen Carving Workshop (Uelen).

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Polar Bear Attacking Walrus This work was engraved on scrap aluminum without etching using the same tools and methods that Uelen engravers use on ivory.

Il'key, Sergei Yurevich

Born in 1979 in Uelen, male Chukchi, nephew of the engraver Elena Il’key has worked at the Uelen Carving Workshop since 1994.

Reindeer Herders This work was engraved using the innovative salt water technique which creates thicker, darker lines than acid engraving.

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