Inuit Art

November 20, 2018

LOT 171

Lot 171

PARR (1893-1969)

 PARR (1893-1969)
Lot 171 Details
PARR (1893-1969), Cape Dorset / Kinngait


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

Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Realised: $4,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


“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


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LOT 171

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  • 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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