TIKITU QINNUAYUAK (1908-1992)
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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