First Arts: Inuit & First Nations Art

May 28, 2019

LOT 37

Lot 37


Lot 37 Details
SHEOUAK PETAULASSIE (1923-1961), E7-816, Cape Dorset


sealskin stencil
1961, A/P
19 x 25 in — 48.3 x 63.5 cm

Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Realised: $2,040
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


a California private collection


This enigmatic print by Sheouak is similar in style to works by a several other artists in the 1961 collection. We are reminded of Kiakshuk’s Family of Whales, Ohotaq’s Two Hawks Fighting, Qavaroak’s Two Men Discussing Coming Hunt, and Kenojuak’s The Return of the Sun. Dog and Sea Gull is a beautiful and quite poetic image, but we can’t help but think that it is sad as well. The dog appears emaciated and despondent, and it seems that the sea gull is flying off to get help. The fact that this print was created in the year that the young Sheouak died gives it added poignancy.

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LOT 37

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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