Inuit Art Auction

May 30, 2017

LOT 41

Lot 41

JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985)

JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985)
Lot 41 Details
JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985), E2-384, Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq


stonecut and stencil
a/p, 1974
24.5" x 37" — 62.2 x 94 cm.

Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Realised: $5,280
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985)
  • JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985)

Jessie Oonark R.C.A., O.C., Retrospective 1970-1985, Prints Drawings, Wall Hangings, The Upstairs Gallery, Winnipeg, 1986, exh. cat., page 2


Faye Settler (The Upstairs Gallery) writes of Oonark’s “bright light in the art world.” Of the subject matter Oonark chose to portray, “She looked into the abundant treasure store which was her imagination and from it she drew out her great variety: symbols, such as the ulu which she presented over and over in ever-changing images, the shamanic bone symbols, her unique bird figures and of course the human figures, mostly female, in elaborately detailed clothing.

This work was the cover image for the Sanavik Cooperative Baker Lake Print Catalogue, 1974.


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LOT 41

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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