First Arts: Inuit & First Nations Art

May 28, 2019


Lot 7

PUDLO PUDLAT (1916-1992)

PUDLO PUDLAT (1916-1992)
Lot 7 Details
PUDLO PUDLAT (1916-1992), E7-899, Cape Dorset / Kinngait


stencil print
1960 (1961 Dorset Series #16), 46/60
20 x 15 in — 50.8 x 40.6 cm

Estimate $2,500-$3,500

Realised: $3,120
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


a California private collection


Pudlo’s witty, quirky sense of humour was much in evidence throughout his career. He obsessively drew oddly shaped muskoxen even though he had never seen one except from an airplane; he drew fanciful anthropomorphic airplanes and enjoyed playing visual games with other types of technology. And with Eskimo Woman with Ulu, he had fun with perspective. The disparity in scale between the woman’s enormous ulu and diminutive knife is echoed by her own large head and tiny limbs. Pudlo was the first Inuit artist to be granted a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in 1990.

Note: This print by Pudlo was editioned in 1960 but was not released in a catalogued collection. Some copies were inscribed in 1960, others in 1961.

Reference: learn about this artist’s life, art, and career in Marie Routledge and Marion E. Jackson, Pudlo: Thirty Years of Drawing, National Gallery of Canada, 1990.

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