OSUITOK IPEELEE (1923-2005)
“Few artists of any culture have been able to move fluently from one medium to another and back again retaining their power of statement as they go; Oshaweetok of Cape Dorset is one of them. He was already known as a sculptor of remarkable power when he made this sealskin stencil print, Four Musk-oxen in 1959, setting down the great weight and strength of these beasts so that they fill the page as they would dominate the view of an onlooker in nature. They are seen with hunter’s eyes, if you like: in flight, but potent and dangerous to approach. They are also graceful in the extreme, prey possessed of mysterious beauty worthy of respect”. - Barrie Hale, reproduced from Sotheby’s Toronto, Important Inuit & Indian Art catalogue, 1981.