SHEOUAK PETAULASSIE (1923-1961)
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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