Inuit Art

September 16, 2020

LOT 51

Lot 51

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

OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
Lot 51 Details
OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005), Cape Dorset / Kinngait


signed in syllabics
16.5 x 11.5 x 13 in — 41.9 x 29.2 x 33 cm

Estimate $7,000-$10,000

Realised: $20,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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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)
  • OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
  • OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
  • 3D Image

Private Collection, Toronto, ON


This is the work of an artist pushing the very limits of his medium. Take a moment to appreciate the delicate spindles of the weasel’s hindlegs, or the slender arcs of the owl’s talons.

Osuitok has explained that he works on the finest details last—but picture those final moments! Imagine the ultimate success or failure of many hours of precise labour hinging on the ability to balance restraint and daring, to anticipate disaster, to see through stone.

To look at this sculpture is to see the precariousness of both material and subject. Predator and prey are connected in a moment of extreme violence, yet there is something almost sensual about the embrace. They form two halves of a circle, curving in and away from each other in a moment of both tension and grace. Osuitok has balanced this drama atop the tiniest base, allowing the scene to appear nearly weightless—no small feat for a sculptor of stone.


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LOT 51

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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