Inuit Art from Private Ontario Collections
April 16 — 21, 2022
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MOSES MEEKO (1920-1975)
Private collection, Hamilton, ON
Carved while in residence at the the Mountain Sanatorium (now Chedoke Campus) in Hamilton Ontario, this early circa 1955 composition by Sanikiluaq (Belcher islands) artist Moses Meeko illustrates the artist’s capability for rendering compelling figures that often deviate from strictly “correct” anatomical proportions (note the curious emphasis on the head of the walrus).
The Mountain sanatorium in Hamilton was a facility designated as a tuberculosis treatment center for the Eastern Arctic which hosted over 1,200 Inuit between 1953 and 1963.
As a form of occupational therapy, and at the request of hospital residents, male patients would carve, while women would sew, embroider, and make dolls in their beds.  Many carvings made during stays at the sanatorium are unsigned and remain unidentified. We are pleased to present here four examples of works made at the Mountain Sanatorium by named artists (lots 9,10, and 11 of this auction, and lot 46 of Small Wonders of Inuit art).
Artworks made by talented artists while patients at the Mountain Sanatorium were the subject of a 2017 exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton titled “Carving Home: The Chedoke Collection of Inuit Art.”
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Col. No. 2016.13.23.
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Waddington’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, November 18, 2013, lot 290.
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1. Sutherland, Caitlin, “Carving Home: The Chedoke Collection of Inuit Art”, Inuit Art Quarterly. December 5, 2017
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