Inuit art: Muskox (Musk Ox)
Inuit Artist: Kellypalik Etidloi (Kellipalik Etidloie)
Size: 10" long, 6" wide, 5" high, 10.3 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: Serpentine (gorgeous very dark green, our favorite)
This muskox was done in a series of three. Our gallery had to wait an entire year to get our hands on these gorgeous pieces made only on rare occasions by Kelly Etidloie.
Here is another extraordinary iconic sculpture by Etidloie. In this piece, the artist has synthesized the salient aspects of the muskox. The composition is not only charged with meaning but is aesthetically pleasing as well. The muskox's face is beautifully framed by the brilliant, electric and softly undulated plane of black serpentine stone.
This muskox is one of the top three pieces to enter our gallery this year. The size is deliberately large and heavy, the texture and lines are masterfully carved and the coloration of the stone is done in a gorgeous copper hue which radiates its surroundings. The subtle movements and detail of this muskox make this a premium world class carving that will augment tremendously in value over the years.
When I saw this piece for the first time, my jaw dropped. Kellypalik decided to try something new. His owls are some of the absolute best in the Inuit art medium. With that, this is the second series of muskox he's ever launched and it is absolutely sensational.
The grooves in the stone, the texture and the tilted head bring a depth I rarely ever see in muskox carvings. The smooth facial expressions contrasting with the rugged torso give this piece an intensity that warrants it to be in a museum.
One day, beautiful carvings like this will be worth so much more.
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