Tent Scene, 1977
Canadian (Inuit), 1922
light- and dark-green stone, brown stones, and sinew
17 x 37 x 35 cm
Gift of M.F. Feheley, Toronto, 1985
National Gallery of Canada (no. 29259.1-3)
"Today, young people are still coming to watch me do my carving and learn from my skill. All the people who learned printmaking and carving from me are going to miss me when I'm gone." - Osuitok Ipeelee
Ipeelee is admired for the breadth of his imagination and stylistic approach, from naturalistic depictions, such as this summer camp scene, to abstract renderings of birds, shamans, and mythical figures. Whatever the subject matter, his sculptures are finely detailed and superbly finished. Many of his carvings contain intricately balanced elements, such as the kayak in this work resting on points between the sealskin tent and a cairn of rocks, that show his ability to make the stone do the seemingly impossible.