First Arts: Inuit & First Nations Art

May 28, 2019

LOT 63

Lot 63

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

PITSEOLAK ASHOONA, O.C., R.C.A. (1904-1983)
Lot 63 Details
PITSEOLAK ASHOONA, O.C., R.C.A. (1904-1983), E7-1100, Cape Dorset / Kinngait


1961, 30/50
14 x 12 in — 35.6 x 30.5 cm

Estimate $1,000-$1,500

Realised: $1,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


a Montreal private collection


Both in summer and winter we used to move a lot. In summer there were always very big mosquitoes. I have made many drawings of moving camp in summertime and I always put in the mosquitoes. I do not like insects. (Quote from the artist in Dorothy Eber ed., Pitseolak: Pictures out of my life, Design Collaborative Books/Oxford UP, 1971, unpag.)

For those of you who do not believe that Arctic mosquitoes are the size of small birds, now you have your proof!

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LOT 63

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