Canadian & Inuit Fine Art

May 27, 2019

LOT 86
OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
  • OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
  • OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
  • OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)

86

OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005), Cape Dorset / Kinngait

STANDING CARIBOU

stone, antler
signed in syllabics, 1990
21.5 x 12 x 3.5 in — 53 x 30.5 x 8.9 cm

Estimate $15,000-$20,000

Realised: $38,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium

About artist/note:

“When I’m doing a caribou, I first make the outline of the animal starting with the muzzle, the nose, and then I work my way down to the body. Then I work on the leg areas. The standing caribou are more difficult than the kneeling ones. I work with files when I am doing the legs and ears. The ears are the last thing I do because they tend to break off. So I finish with those.

I don’t use the grinder to make the form because sometimes there are areas that you tend to cut into too deeply, something you’re not supposed to do. I prefer to use an axe and a saw. Also I use files that you use for steel (rasps) and then I switch to files for the finer work.

For balancing I make sure the base is smooth and flat so that the caribou doesn’t tip to the front or side.

I just make sure that the bottom of the hooves is perfectly level. I use a level like carpenters use in construction work. I make sure the base is a little bit thick before I start to get it level."



Literature:

Susan Gustavison, Northern Rock Contemporary Inuit Stone Sculpture (exhibition catalogue), McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, 1999, page 64.

Provenance:

Images Boréales, Montreal, 1990
The Collection of Bill Johnstone

Additional Info:

Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Carving / Sculpture: Antler, Stone
Settlement: Cape Dorset / Kinngait
Signature: Syllabics