Inuit Art

November 20, 2018

LOT 171
 PARR (1893-1969)
  •  PARR (1893-1969)

171

PARR (1893-1969), Cape Dorset / Kinngait

UNTITLED (WALRUS HUNT)

coloured pencil drawing
20 x 26 in — 50.8 x 66 cm

Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Realised: $4,800

About artist/note:

“Parr’s graphic images are best described as naive. In the spring of 1961, I introduced Parr to drawing on paper. At that time, he was living to the north of the very small settlement of Cape Dorset at a place known as Tessikjakjuak. His initial efforts, using a graphite pencil, were done on a large format, spiral sketch pad. From the very first, he was obviously intrigued and totally committed to the undertaking, for he drew on both sides of the sheets, completely filling the very sizeable area.

…Parr’s early drawings had a narrative theme, and his work continued in this vein throughout his brief but very prolific career. His figures, whether of man or beast, were direct and uninhabited. The sizes of the individual images done on the planar surface were directly related to the significance in his mind and not to any perspective representation.”

Terrence Ryan,
Cape Dorset, N.W.T.
July 1979
Parr, 1893—1969, A Print Retrospective, Kingait Press 1979

Additional Info:

Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Settlement: Cape Dorset / Kinngait
Signature: Syllabics
Works on Paper: Coloured Pencil, Drawing