Inuit Art Auction including First Nations Art

November 16, 2015

LOT 152

Lot 152


Lot 152 Details
OSUITOK IPEELEE (1923-2005), E7-1154, Cape Dorset


1959, 29/30
23.5" x 18.25" — 59.7 x 46.4 cm.

Estimate $8,000-$12,000

Realised: $28,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


This important print graces the cover of Norman Vorano’s book, which explores early Inuit print making, Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration. In it, it is noted that James Houston’s shaving brush was used as a stencil brush (pg. 57). In these early days, there was much experimentation by the printmakers and this option of blending the colours through the stencil provided a softer effect than the one created by use of a roller to apply colour.

Although Osuitok had a history of creating graphic art, he would become much better known for his incredible carvings. Osuitok had been incising on tusks before he met James Houston and even tried his hand at watercolour. He was integral to the start of the print making program in Cape Dorset but only contributed two prints in the 1959 collection and nothing further after that. This print is rarely available on the market and one of the most sought after.


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LOT 152

About Condition Ratings

  • 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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