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Artist of the moment…..Sangani Osuitok

Sangani Osuitok was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1961. Like the Ashevak family, the Osuitok has a long standing tradition of producing outstanding visual artists. Ousitok was a carver and enjoyed the bird as his favorite subject. As for a particular bird, Sangani Osuitok worked with the loon frequently.

His father was renowned Inuit master artist Osuitok Ipeelee. His mother was also an artist, Nipishi Osuitok. The artist learned a great deal about carving by watching his father.

Sangani Osuitok was based out of Cape Dorset his entire life.

Here is a picture of work by Osuitok Ipeelee, the artist’s father:


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Sangani Osuitok passed away in 2011.

Great to see the multiple generations of artists coming from this great Inuit family!


Artist of the moment……Joanassie Manning

Joanassie Manning is an Inuit artist from Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada born in the year 1967. The artist came to sculpting at the age of twenty with the influence of  his grandfather who was the master Inuit artist Osuitok Ipeelee. His grandmother was also a fine fabric artist. His favorite subject is the owl.

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The artist grandfather was perhaps among the most famous Inuit artists, Osuitok Ipeelee. Ipeelee was  already popular in the region before James Houston came along in the early 1950s, Houston helped the artist achieve international recognition. His works were also included in the International traveling tour of Inuit art in 1971 to 1973.

below is a great example of an owl by his grandfather, Osuitok Ipeelee.


And to close we check out another work by Joanassie Manning’s grandfather, master carver Osuitok Ipeelee.

I so enjoy families that produce multiple generations of artists!


Artist of the moment…..Osuitok Ipeelee

Osuitok Ipeelee was one of the first famous and world renown Inuit artists who was born in the Cape Dorset, Nunavet Territory, Canada in the year 1923. Ipeelee  loved to incorporate many different mediums in his carvings. His father was a respected carver named Ohotok. He sold his first carving done in ivory in the 1940s. James Houston, the urban Canadian that longed for more in life and moved to the wilderness and helped bring the Inuits much needed revenue from art that was lost from fur trading and trapping. Houston penned a book and a movie was made about his journeys. Check my previous post on James Houston.

Ipeelee was included in the trip of Inuit carvings that traveled the globe in the early 1970s, the first time the Inuit artists were put on the world stage.

Sadly as he got older Ipeelee developed Parkinson’s disease and switched a very minimal style. I would compare it to the great Edgar Degas and the way he simplified forms as his eyesight all but disappeared but he still wanted to create art, so he did!

Included in the National Gallery of Canada, the Vatican Art Collection, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Price range information: Most works range from $1,000 to $17,000.

In this clip we see a great example of using mixed media is shown is his sculpture of a caribou in the gallery. Rather than carve the entire work in stone, as many of his peers would do, the artist decided to use real antlers on the carving. A work of art might contain antlers, tusks, animal hide, ivory, and stone.

In this clip from Waddington’s auction house we visit a sculpture that is an etched tusk on a walrus head base.

Here we see a wonderful piece celebrating the mother and child relationship.

The artist passed away in 2005 at the age of 82 years old.