Inuit Art Auction

May 29, 2018

LOT 39

Lot 39

KIAKSHUK (1886-1966)

 KIAKSHUK (1886-1966)
Lot 39 Details
KIAKSHUK (1886-1966), E7-1057, Cape Dorset / Kinngait


graphite drawing
c. 1960
16.5 x 21 in — 41.9 x 53.3 cm

Estimate $600-$900

Realised: $3,840
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Marion E. Jackson & Judith M. Nasby, Contemporary Inuit Drawings, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, 1987, page 48.


“Already in his 70s when he began drawing in connection with the fledgling Cape Dorset printmaking project... Kiakshuk’s carefully rendered graphite pencil drawings yield a great deal of information about the traditional Inuit experience, and his style of presenting isolated but energetic figures bears a resemblance to earlier incised ivory works.”

An unusual subject and composition for artists of this time period. Kiakshuk could very well have witnessed this scene of what appears to be southerners unloading a ship. The men carry everything from ladders to planks to anchors.


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LOT 39

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