First Arts: Inuit & First Nations Art

May 28, 2019

LOT 62

Lot 62


Lot 62 Details
SHEOUAK PETAULASSIE (1923-1961), E7-816, Cape Dorset


stencil print
1960, 12/50
19 x 12 in — 48.3 x 30.5 cm

Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Realised: $1,920
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


a California private collection


With seven prints made from her drawings in the 1960 annual collection, Sheouak Petaulassie was well on her way to becoming a rising young star of the graphic arts program in Cape Dorset when she tragically died in her thirties. She had not yet moved into the community and would visit Cape Dorset mostly in the summer.

Sheouak’s drawing style reveals her unique ability to show the interplay of positive and negative space, and the “spaces in between” things in unusual ways. Her drawings illustrated in the Strange Scenes catalogue are fascinating and revelatory. In the print Men Meeting Sheouak creates a simple zigzag space that illustrates the men’s embrace but also gives it meaning. The trio of birds placed between their heads fills the space with their topic of conversation. Lovely.

Reference: Jean Blodgett and Susan Gustavison, Strange Scenes: Early Cape Dorset Drawings (McMichael, 1993) pp. 106-111.

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LOT 62

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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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