Inuit Art Auction

May 30, 2017


Lot 43A

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

JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985)
Lot 43A Details
JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985), E2-384, Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq


coloured pencil and graphite drawing
signed in syllabics, c. 1974-1976
22" x 30" — 56.2 x 76.1 cm.

Estimate $5,000-$7,000

Realised: $11,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Jessie Oonark, A Retrospective, Jean Blodgett and Marie Bouchard, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1986/1987, page 48-49, 67


Jessie Oonark, A Retrospective, Jean Blodgett and Marie Bouchard, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1986/1987, page 126, figure 64.


Jack Butler on Oonark:

“Whatever she set out to do at the beginning, what shines through is a tremendous human being with a great command of the artistic language given to her by her culture, and developed by herself.”

“’The general process of coming up with titles for Oonark prints was very difficult... She would resist to the end saying what it was about, or she’d change her story every time you talked to her. So it was difficult to come to some sense ... as to what title really would be appropriate.’... Oonark, like other artists - particularly prolific, creative ones - has conveyed layers of meaning here that she herself is consciously unaware of.”


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