OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
The Johnstone Collection of Inuit Art, U.K.
Images Boréales, Montreal
Osuitok, through the 1950s and later, was "keeper of the carving stone" that he helped to quarry in the summer. In guiding other artists when selecting stone, he came to understand the way stone fractures and breaks. That intimate knowledge of the stone assisted him in his ability to carve his caribou spirits with such grace and delicacy.