Canadian & Inuit Fine Art

May 27, 2019

LOT 64
UNA (JESSIE OONARK), O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985)
  • UNA (JESSIE OONARK), O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985)
  • UNA (JESSIE OONARK), O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985)


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


1960, 15/50
23.75 x 12 in — 60.3 x 30.5 cm

Estimate $6,000-$9,000

Realised: $6,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

Oonark’s first artistic creations were drawings, six of which were sent to James Houston at the West Baffin Co-operative in Cape Dorset / Kinngait. Two of the drawings—Inland Eskimo Woman/Eskimo Woman and Tattooed Faces— were made into single colour stone cut prints under the name of ‘Una’ at the newly established print shop and were included in the 1960 Cape Dorset print collection and catalogue. It was the first and only time the Cape Dorset print shop included work from an Inuk outside Cape Dorset.

More than 100 of Oonark's drawings would be translated into prints and included in the annual Baker Lake collections and catalogues between 1970 and 1985. 


From the Estate of Terry Ryan

Additional Info:

Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Settlement: Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq
Signature: Syllabics
Works on Paper: Stonecut