Prints & Multiples

Auction begins to close:
November 10, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET

Online Auction
LOT 61

Lot 61

JESSIE OONARK ᔪᓯ ᐃᓇ, OC, RCA (1906-1985)

JESSIE OONARK ᔪᓯ ᐃᓇ, OC, RCA (1906-1985)
Lot 61 Details
JESSIE OONARK ᔪᓯ ᐃᓇ, OC, RCA (1906-1985), Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake)

WOMAN, 1970

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 30/50; unframed
31.5 x 27.5 in — 80 x 69.9 cm

Estimate $5,000-$7,000

Realised: $6,000

Lot Report

Additional Images
JESSIE OONARK ᔪᓯ ᐃᓇ, OC, RCA (1906-1985)
  • JESSIE OONARK ᔪᓯ ᐃᓇ, OC, RCA (1906-1985)

Estate of W.A. Ross MacFadden, Toronto


Sarah Milroy notes in Jessie Oonark, Flashback, written for Inuit Art Quarterly in March 2018, that Oonark’s use of “often dramatic dislocations of scale in the service of emphasis—an approach unfamiliar to European eyes accustomed to three-point perspective. In Oonark’s world, scale speaks not of foreground proximity but of importance…the whole is understood, with Oonark indulging an emphatic pictorial shorthand that is all the more expressive for its economy.” Accordingly, we can read Oonark’s Women as vital forces, larger than life in terms of both scale and importance. [1] This image was chosen for the cover of the 1970 Baker Lake catalogue.

(1) Sarah Milroy, “Jessie Oonark, Flashback”, Inuit Art Quarterly, Accessed April 24, 2022

Sarah Milroy, Inuit Art Quarterly, Jessie Oonark Flashback


Imperfections including mat burn around the perimeter, some faint iron spotting inherent in the paper, isolated areas of abrasion around left edge of figure's hood; other scattered areas of abrasion primarily along upper edge of paper. Overall very good condition.

LOT 61

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.)

Note: Condition ratings and condition details are the subjective opinions of our specialists and should be used as a guide only. Waddington’s uses due care when preparing condition details, however, our staff are not professional restorers or conservators. Condition details and reports are not warranties and each lot is sold “as is” in accordance with the buyer’s terms and conditions of sale. In all cases the prospective purchaser is responsible for inspecting the property themselves prior to placing a bid.