8" Swimming Seals by Allistair Nakashook

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Kellypalik Qimirpik

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Inuit art: Diving Seal       
Inuit Artist: Kellypalik Qimirpik
Size: 8" long, 3" tall
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
id: caps866001970ecby

The Inuit art world has recently lost another pioneering artist. Kellypalik was one of the grandfathers to the Inuit art world. His whimsical seals were a mainstay for Inuit art enthusiasts.

Contrary to his famous dancing muskox, Qimirpik opted for quiet grace rather than exuberant display in his depictions of seals. In Qimirpik's hands, this seal family composition is transferred into a creature of elegance and nobility. 

The stoic and opulent pallid stone lends itself to the terse lines and flawless symmetry. This howls to the conclusion of a masterpiece with bounteous visage and audacity.

Kellypalik Qimirpik (1948 - )

Kellypalik has been exhibiting since the mid-1970s and was included in the 1989 “Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks,” which toured for more than a decade. He shows widely nationally and internationally and has had a number of solo exhibitions.*

* From Cape Dorset Sculptures, 2005.

Kellypalik has a very long list of national and international exhibitions, please contact us for his full bio.

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