The Art of Canada Auction (Inuit Art)

May 30, 2016

LOT 56
OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A., CAPE DORSET/KINNGAIT
  • OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A., CAPE DORSET/KINNGAIT
  • OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A., CAPE DORSET/KINNGAIT

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OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A., CAPE DORSET/KINNGAIT, E7-1154, Cape Dorset

ESKIMO LEGEND: OWL, FOX AND HARE

stencil
1959, 19/30
unframed 24 ins x 18 ins; 61 cms x 45.7 cms

Estimate $10,000-$15,000

Realised: $10,200
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

In the early days of print making in Cape Dorset the printmakers had to be quite resourceful. An example of their creative methods and the experimental nature of the project was the use of James Houston’s shaving brush as a stencil brush in the creation of what later became this iconic image. The technique of blending the colours through the stencil provided a softer effect than the use of a roller to apply colour.

Osuitok had been incising on tusks before he met James Houston. He was integral to the start of the print making program in Cape Dorset but contributed just two prints to the 1959 collection. Although Osuitok had a history of creating graphic art, he gravitated strongly towards carving and became much celebrated for his incredible sculptural work.

Literature:

Norman Vorano, Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration, Early Printmaking in the Canadian Arctic, Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2011, page 57.