Inuit and First Nations Art Online Auction

February 25, 2016


Lot 4

JOHN PANGNARK (1920-1980)

JOHN PANGNARK (1920-1980)
Lot 4 Details
JOHN PANGNARK (1920-1980), E1-104, Arviat


dated 1968
8.25" x 7.25" x 3.25" — 21 x 18.4 x 8.3 cm.

Estimate $1,500-$2,500

Realised: $5,040
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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JOHN PANGNARK (1920-1980)
  • JOHN PANGNARK (1920-1980)

Original collector held the position of Executive Secretary for the Canadian Eskimo Arts Council, mid-late 1960’s/ early 1970’s, Ottawa, ON,
Waddington’s, November 2011, lot 274, Toronto, ON,
Collection of James Bisback & Jonny Kalisch, Shakespeare, ON


A remarkable work by Pangnark in that he was known to carve primarily human figures, but animals only very rarely. At first glance one might be reminded of one of Pangnark’s contemporaries, Andy Miki, with its striking cut out shape and drilled eye holes. For a similar work see: Oonark / Pangnark, National Museum of Man (now the Canadian Museum of History) exh. cat., 1970, pl. 12.


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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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