Canadian & Inuit Fine Art

May 27, 2019

LOT 25
JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985)
  • JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985)

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JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985), Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq

A WINTER DAY

stroud, thread, embroidery floss
signed in syllabics on the reverse
15 x 51.25 in — 38.1 x 130.2 cm

Estimate $15,000-$20,000

Realised: $14,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium

About artist/note:

“A strong, bold graphic sense informs all of Oonark’s work. Traditional dress, women’s facial tatoos, and shamanistic themes are common in her art, yet they usually appear as isolated, fragmentary forms, shaped into a graphically bold image rather than a comprehensible narrative. Oonark is also well known as a textile artist, whose wool and felt wall-hangings reveal her as a master of color and form.”

Literature:

Janet Catherine Berlo in Jules Heller and Nancy G. Heller (eds.), ,em>North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary, Garland, New York, 1995.

Provenance:

Private Collection, Hamilton
Upstairs Gallery, Winnipeg

Additional Info:

Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Settlement: Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq
Signature: Syllabics
Textile / Wall Hanging: Embroidery Thread, Stroud