Mark Tetpon, Inupiat
Alaska Inupiat artists, Mark 'Delutak' and John 'Nasoalook' Tetpon, are wood-walrus ivory-whale bone master carvers known to but a few lucky art patrons outside of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. They have done numerous shows in Anchorage and Seattle, where their pieces are quickly acquired, thus secreting away knowledge of his works and awareness about their prodigious talent.
Mark’s pieces depict sea mammals or birds as they are understood within the spiritual realms of his people. A sculptured polar bear or walrus might be drumming; an honoring mask that depicts a loon or seal’s body will be surrounded by a dozen smaller sculptures paying homage to the life of The People.
Mark’s father, John 'Nasoalook', from the traditional village of Shaktoolik along the Bering Sea Coast near Nome, mentored him in the ways of the Inupiat people and during Mark’s early artistic endeavors. John was taught to carve ivory by his father and collaborates with Mark on particular pieces. The deep and valued traditions of using Walrus ivory and Whale baleen in contemporary art continues, and Raven Makes Gallery is grateful to this family for that!