First Arts: Inuit & First Nations Art

May 28, 2019


Lot 6

PITSEOLAK ASHOONA, O.C., R.C.A. (1904-1983)

PITSEOLAK ASHOONA, O.C., R.C.A. (1904-1983)
Lot 6 Details
PITSEOLAK ASHOONA, O.C., R.C.A. (1904-1983), E7-1100, Cape Dorset / Kinngait


1963, 44/50
22 x 26.75 in — 55.9 x 68.6 cm

Estimate $1,500-$2,500

Realised: $1,440
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Pitseolak gave free rein to her sense of whimsy in creating this delightful image. There are more than caribou and birds in this totemic composition; the bottom two figures resemble spirit creatures more than they do “regular” animals. The print may derive from an early drawing by Pitseolak (c. 1960) and thus could be classified as “naïve,” but it does already point to the artist’s innate sense of design and composition that were so fundamental to her art. Funnily enough Caribou and Birds does put us in mind of the Brementown Musicians!

Reference: this image by Pitseolak is illustrated in the National Museum of Man travelling exhibition catalogue The Inuit Print (NMM, 1977) p. 81.


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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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