Inuit art: Muskox (Musk Ox)
Inuit Artist: Kellypalik Etidloi
Size: 12.5" long, 9" high, 7" wide, 26 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: Serpentine (gorgeous very dark green, our favorite)
Here is another extraordinary and iconic sculpture by Kelly Etidloie.
Kelly is a brilliant young carver from Cape Dorset.
I am a huge fan of his art. He consistently captures the essence of his subjects and then catapults them to another level of artistry.
His owls are some of the best in the Inuit art world. So when I heard he had started carving Muskoxen, I made it my mission to bring one to the Studio.
I had to wait over a year before I acquired this beauty!!!
This Muskox was carved as part of a trio.
The showstopper of this beast is its dropped and tilted head.
Kelly has juxtaposed the brute strength and size of the Muskox with its bowed horn encrusted head. The effect is humbling. It is as if the Muskox is submitting to a greater power.
Kelly has created a divine masterpiece with this Muskox.
The size is deliberately large and heavy. The lines of the thick hair are masterfully carved. The green stone is impeccable.
But for those collectors in pursuit of the perfect Muskox, we know its all about “the Hump”!
Kelly does not disappoint!. In fact, he combines the essential hump with both the neck and head. The angles of the torso and head are sweeping and gentle.
For me, this is a perfect Muskox.
I will not be surprised when this superb sculpture is worth so much more in a few years and it is coveted by Inuit art collectors wishing they had had the wisdom to make this creature their own when they had the chance.
Muskox is signed on the bottom by Kelly Editloie and comes with the tag of Authenticity.
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Kellypalik Etidloi (1966 - )
Kellypalik is the son of the well-known Cape Dorset artists Etidlooie and Kingmeata. His older brother, Etulu Etidlooie is also a carver.
1988 Die Kunst aus der Arktis, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany
1992 Sculpture Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, QC
1993 Sculpture and Graphics from Cape Dorset, Art Space Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1993 Sculpture Inuit et Retrospective Pudlo Pudlat, Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, QC
1993 The Theme of Transformation in Inuit Sculpture, The Isaacs/Innuit gallery, Toronto, ON
1994 Mythic Image, Ancestral Spirits Gallery, Port Townsend, WA
1994 Three Young Carvers from Cape Dorset and Drawings by Aoudla Pudlat, Albers Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1994 Kellypalik Etidlooie, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany
1995 Inuit Mythology, Arctic Experience, Hamilton, ON
1995 Miniaturen, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany
1996 Major-Minor, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1996 Emerging Spirit, Banff Centre, organized by Northern Art Impressions, Banff, AB
1996 Sculpture Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, QC
1997 Stone & Bone, Inuit Master Carvers of the Canadian Arctic, Northwest Company, Sun Valley Centre, Ketchum ID
2000 Die Kunst aud der Arktis, Art in Stone, Canadian Artic Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2001 Living Arctic, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, QC
The Arnold Aubert Vernon Inuit Collection of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA