Inuit Bear And Whale Sculpture by Esa Kripanik
Esa Kripanik / Bear and Whale Sculpture
Esa Kripanik resides in Igloolik, which is situated on an island adjacent to the flat expanse of the Melville Peninsula's eastern coastal plain in Nunavut. Whether you come to see its people, wildlife or a wilderness vastly different from Baffin Island's craggy peaks and fiords, you will find a region rich in its own treasures that are well-worth exploring.
Natural resources that are key to Inuit culture are abundant in the region, and include walruses, seals, whales, polar bears and caribou.
Igloolik sculptures have much in common, stylistically, with those of Pangnirtung, in terms of scale, subject matter and aesthetics. The drama of the hunt and the emotional intensity of mythological subjects are depicted in large, strongly realistic works.
Each hand-carved sculpture is accompanied by an Igloo Tag, which guarantees its authenticity and certifies that the piece was handmade by Inuit artists in Canada. The igloo symbol is registered by the Government of Canada and can only be attached to original Inuit sculptures and art from northern Canada.