Simply stated, Manasie Akpaliapik is Canada’s superstar Inuit carver.
He is positioned as being one of the top three premiere Master carvers of Inuit Art. He shares this distinction with Paul Maliki and Abraham Ruben.
In 2016, The National Gallery of Canada devoted the centre stage of the Inuit Pavillion to Tribute to Animals 1996, one of Manasie’s large whale bone sculptures.
This decision by the Gallery, will help you understand the servitude and significance of Manasie to Canadian art.
Manasie’s owls with inlaid eyes rimmed in black are his signature sculpture. There is no one who can out carve Manasie when it comes to owls! His bears are always enchanting and sought after by collectors of Inuit art. He is a champion of the relationship between animals and humans.
I have had the honour of knowing Manasie and selling his carvings for twelve years. He has an innate ability to be fresh and innovative. I confess, there have been moments when Manasie has presented me with a new carving and I have actually gasped. That is the power of his mastery.
Manasie’s commissions and exhibitions are prestigious (AGO, WAG, National Gallery of Canada) within Canada and internationally. His carvings are Masterpieces, both literally and figuratively.
Figuratively, Manasie’s Masterpieces will soothe your collector’s soul and bring you joy for a lifetime.
Quite literally, Manasie’s Masterpiece sculptures are considered investment pieces. They will handsomely increase in value over the next ten years.
It is my great pleasure (in my position as Curator of Inuit Sculptures and in my role as friend to Manasie) to exhibit Manasie Akpaliapik’s extraordinary and brilliant Inuit carvings.