First Arts: Inuit & First Nations Art

May 28, 2019

LOT 59

Lot 59


Lot 59 Details
PITALOOSIE SAILA, R.C.A. (1942-), E7-1006, Cape Dorset / Kinngait


ink and coloured pencil drawing
signed in syllabics
29 x 21 in — 73.7 x 53.3 cm

Estimate $1,800-$2,400

Realised: $4,560
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Norman Hallendy Collection, Ottawa


Published: Norman Hallendy, An Intimate Wilderness: Arctic Voices in a Land of Vast Horizons (Greystone, 2016) p. 142. Pitaloosie’s drawing was commissioned for this book.

Norman Hallendy asked his “little sister” Pitaloosie to make a drawing that would illustrate traditional life and teach us something about it as well. This stunning work brings to mind one of Pitaloosie’s finest prints, Woman Proudly Sewing, a lithograph from 1988 (see reference below, p. 16). Mother at Camp, Sewing a Kamik is not only a beautiful composition it is also a tour de force example of this artist’s exquisite drawing technique.

Reference: for an overview of Pitaloosie’s life and work see Susan Gustavison and Darlene Coward Wight, Pitaloosie Saila: A Personal Journey (Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2017).


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LOT 59

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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
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  • 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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