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Osuitok Ipeelee, ᐅᓱᐃᑐ ᐃᐱᓕ

STANDING CARIBOU


OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
STANDING CARIBOU

stone, antler
signed in syllabics, 1990
21.5 x 12 x 3.5 in — 53 x 30.5 x 8.9 cm


Provenance:
Images Boréales, Montreal, 1990
The Collection of Bill Johnstone

Literature:
Susan Gustavison, Northern Rock Contemporary Inuit Stone Sculpture (exhibition catalogue), McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, 1999, page 64.

“When I’m doing a caribou, I first make the outline of the animal starting with the muzzle, the nose, and then I work my way down to the body. Then I work on the leg areas. The standing caribou are more difficult than the kneeling ones. I work with files when I am doing the legs and ears. The ears are the last thing I do because they tend to break off. So I finish with those.

I don’t use the grinder to make the form because sometimes there are areas that you tend to cut into too deeply, something you’re not supposed to do. I prefer to use an axe and a saw. Also I use files that you use for steel (rasps) and then I switch to files for the finer work.

For balancing I make sure the base is smooth and flat so that the caribou doesn’t tip to the front or side.

I just make sure that the bottom of the hooves is perfectly level. I use a level like carpenters use in construction work. I make sure the base is a little bit thick before I start to get it level."





Estimate: $15,000–20,000

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2019-05-27 Waddington's 86 15,000 20,000 38,400.00

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