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James Schoppert

Modern Mask

1992

Painted wood sculpture

Jim Schoppert is undeniably one of the most influential and celebrated Alaska Native artists of our time. His abstract paintings are largely inspired by the pictographs drawn by coastal Eskimos that predate the 1800s. Translating ancestral drawings on ivory into relevant wood sculpture, Schoppert's Minimalist art echoes his belief that, while it is important for Native American artists to recognize and respect their traditions, it is equally necessary to reach beyond those conventions.

 

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