Inuit Sculpture - Transformation - Kelly Qimirpik
Carved serpentinite Transformation sculpture by Cape Dorset Inuk artist Kelly Qimirpik.
Artist: Kelly Qimirpik
Cape Dorset, Canada
H6" x W4.5" x D4"
Signed by Artist
Kellypalik Qimirpik (1948-2017) was a sculptor based out of Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU. Born in Ikirasaq, he first learned to carve as a teenager from his brother Allashua Atsiaq and began developing his artistic practice in his twenties. Qimirpik’s sculptures were generally voluminous but capably balanced the weight of the stone without becoming overwhelmed by the density of the material. He is known for his depictions of dancing wildlife and transformative compositions with human faces emerging from the stone.
Qimirpik’s style tended towards realism in his depictions of wildlife. Walrus and musk oxen were among the most common subjects of his carvings. In addition to wildlife, Qimirpik produced several artworks that prominently feature human faces and heads. Qimirpik’s heads are typically elongated and feature large, triangular noses. Qimirpik’s transformation and shaman pieces tend to combine human features with one or more animals amalgamated into a single figure, playing with distorted senses of anatomy and scale. The facial features of his figures are either superficially incised or deeply engraved, often accentuating a tongue or teeth.
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