Small Graphics from the Collection of W.A. Ross McFadden

March 1217, 2022
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Lot 4

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

JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985)
Lot 4 Details
JESSIE OONARK, O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985), Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake)


stone cut
1969, 4/18
18 x 14.25 in — 45.7 x 36.2 cm

Estimate $1,000-$1,500

Realised: $1,320
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Estate of W.A. Ross MacFadden, Toronto, ON


From the first release of prints at the Sanavik Cooperative in Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake) in 1970 comes this raw and forceful 1969 print by Jessie Oonark. Seemingly a world away from the refined abstraction of Women, or Day Spirit printed the same year, the image Ice Fishing has a decidedly experimental character, exhibiting the spatially fractured image plane of earlier works by the artist such as the 1961 stonecut People of the Inland.


Canadian Eskimo Arts Council, Baker Lake prints/estamps, Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Arctic Producers Limited, 1970. pl. 20.

Related works:

Canadian Museum of History, Cat. No. CD 1961-067–See: Click here to read more.


Minor imperfection inherent in paper. Overall very good condition.

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  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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