First Arts: Inuit & First Nations Art

May 28, 2019

LOT 41

Lot 41

KENOJUAK ASHEVAK, C.C.. R.C.A. (1927-2013)

KENOJUAK ASHEVAK, C.C.. R.C.A. (1927-2013)
Lot 41 Details
KENOJUAK ASHEVAK, C.C.. R.C.A. (1927-2013), E7-1035, Cape Dorset / Kinngait


1968, 9/50
24 x 34 in — 61 x 86.4 cm

Estimate $2,500-$3,500

Realised: $4,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


a California private collection


The difference between Iyola’s printed image and Kenojuak’s original felt pen drawing is striking. The drawing was conceived in bright green, orange, yellow, and blue, with a fine crosshatch texture almost overall. This drawing style resembled the engravings of the period but did not lend itself to the stonecut printing technique. The printmaker Iyola opted for strong blocks of colour and a modified texture more suited to stonecut. Interestingly, the print is reminiscent of Kenojuak’s The Enchanted Owl of 1960 (guess who the printmaker was for that print!). We have to say that Triumvirate is a fantastic print, certainly the most memorable of Kenojuak’s images from 1968.

References: this image by Kenojuak was included in the Winnipeg Art Gallery exhibition/catalogue Uumajut: Animal Imagery in Inuit Art (WAG, 1985) cat. 126. It is illustrated alongside Kejojuak’s original drawing in Jean Blodgett, Kenojuak (Mintmark/Firefly, 1985) p. 58.

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LOT 41

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