Kellypalik Etidlooie & Joanasie Manning
Feb 15 - Mar 8
A lanky wolf lies on its side scratching its ear, a muskox is pursued by a determined polar bear, and a walrus lies on her back feeding her small pup. These are just three of the wonderful carvings by mid-career artist, Kellypalik Etidlooie now on offer at the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver. Kellypalik is the adopted son of print maker, Kingmeata and carver, Etidloie Etidloie of Cape Dorset who both encouraged him to pursue art making. He delights in carving animals in movement, especially as they groom themselves or engage in some other characteristic movement.
In conjunction with the carvings, large and small, by this singular artist we are also proud to present sculptural works by Kellypalik's contemporary, Joanasie Manning. Joanasie, grandson of the renowned artist Oshuitok Ipeelee, started to carve at the age of 20 and his love of owls is captured in the beautiful renderings he makes of these fascinating creatures. Joanasie is inextricably associated with this motif, which he carves in groupings and as single figures, including his adorable, low-crouching owlets. Joanasie's carving of a mother owl with her young nestled protectively under her wings, is the essential image of parenthood. These pieces are accomplished in both serpentine and marble, and feature beautiful feather carving and distinctive inlaid eyes.