John ‘Nasoalook’ Tetpon

John ‘Nasoalook’ Tetpon, age 63, was taught the art of ivory carving by his father. He currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska where he creates Native spirit masks under his Inupiaq name, Nasoalook. John was born in Shaktoolik, a small village along the Bering Sea Coast near Nome. His current repertoire includes art pieces in ivory, wood, fossilized whalebone, and occasionally, soapstone. He has been an artist for more than 40 years.

Mark ‘Delutak’ Tetpon was born in Anchorage, Alaska and currently resides there. Mark has been creating artwork for 20 years specializing in ivory, wood, baleen and fossilized whalebone. He makes masks that have been inspired by the work of his grandfather Eric Tetpon Sr. and his dad, John Tetpon. Mark is a recipient of a 2012 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award.

Father and son are currently creating superb collaborative works illustrative of Inupiaq culture and defined by exquisite carving and painting and a contemporary elegant style.

Flying Loon I & II
Flying Loon I & II by John 'Nasoalook'Tetpon and Mark ‘Delutak’ Tetpon
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