First Arts: Inuit & First Nations Art

May 28, 2019

LOT 61

Lot 61


Lot 61 Details
TIKITU QINNUAYUAK (1908-1992), E7-1067, Cape Dorset


stonecut and stencil
1991, A/P
28 x 34.25 in — 71.1 x 87 cm

Estimate $700-$1,000

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

Lot Report


Norman Hallendy Collection, Ottawa


John Westren’s analysis of this beautiful image is truly insightful: “…[it is a] print that uses limited means to achieve a work of enormous energy and tension… The thick black lines of the hull suggest weight, and the uneven lines of the seats not only create tension and movement but also emphasize the vulnerability of the craft. Light stenciling on the bottom gives the boat depth, thereby increasing the perception of the drag and resistance these intrepid rowers face in the vast, cold waters that surround them” (in Ryan, see below, p. 245). We will add only that we find Tikitu’s mixed aerial and lateral perspectives delightful.

Reference: this image is illustrated in Leslie Boyd Ryan, Cape Dorset Prints: A Retrospective (Pomegranate, 2007) p. 247; a quite similar drawing is illustrated in Muscarelle Museum of Art, Contemporary Inuit Drawings (1993) cat. 81.

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LOT 61

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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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