Our Inukshuk have been made by family & friends from rocks & stones on our property. In the Inuit language Inukshuk means "likeness of a person" or "in the image of man". The Inukshuk has become a symbol of leadership, cooperation & the human spirit. It is a well-known Canadian symbol & can be see all across the Canadian landscape.
John Kurok and Leo Napayok, "Coat of Dreams" (2006) on view at the National Gallery of Canada. The sculptural form for this collaborative work was made by Kurok, whose interest in masks, heads and "working with faces that seem to come to life" is evident. The dreamlike coat of images incised on the surface by Napayok achieves an inseparable oneness with Kurok's portrait-like bust. The sculpture was made in Rankin Inlet, the only Inuit community producing fine-art ceramics.
Killerwhale with Eagle Pendant, by Gary Olver, Cree Nation
Walrus Tusk, Abalone
1.75 x 0.75 x 0.5”
Born in The Pas, Manitoba, 1966, Gary Olver originates from Northern Manitoba (Woodland Cree). He has been studying the northern First Nations art style since 1980 and has apprenticed under several well-known and accomplished carvers. Gary’s specialty is carved miniatures and he has incredible dexterity in creating works that are finely detailed and complex in design. His interests remain in jewelry and miniatures in catlinite, argillite, ivory, wood, and precious metals.
Available at Coastal Peoples Gallery, Vancouver • coastalpeoples.com
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New Arrival Sisiutl Sculpture by Shawn Karpes
Red cedar wood, Acrylic paint
Shawn Karpes was born in Vancouver, B.C., on May 12th 1968. His training began in 1982 with George Hunt Jr., Jim Gilbert and Victor Newman during a Native art program sponsored by three levels of Victoria public schools. In this program Shawn began experimenting in three dimensional form and began concentrating on basic design, painting and woodcarving.
For the past three years Shawn has been working for the carving program at the Royal British Columbia Museum. In 2001 he volunteered to work on the ITUSTO restoration of the world’s tallest totem pole at Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, B.C.