The Canada Auction Series: Inuit Art

May 27June 01, 2023
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LOT 165

Lot 165

Kenojuak Ashevak ᑭᓄᔭᐊ ᐊᓯᕗ, CC, RCA (1927-2013)

Kenojuak Ashevak ᑭᓄᔭᐊ ᐊᓯᕗ, CC, RCA (1927-2013)
Lot 165 Details
Kenojuak Ashevak ᑭᓄᔭᐊ ᐊᓯᕗ, CC, RCA (1927-2013), Kinngait (Cape Dorset)


coloured pencil and felt-tip drawing
signed in syllabics; inscribed verso; "CD 040 - 2859 - bd - 00/01 - 03 - 51 x 66 cm"; unframed
sheet 20 x 25 in — 50.8 x 63.5 cm

Estimate $4,000-$6,000

Realised: $9,225
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, BC;
Private Collection, Toronto, ON


Owls never ceased to interest Kenojuak Ashevak, who used them as a subject for over 100 different prints—including the iconic Enchanted Owl—as well as her original drawings, as on offer here. Kenojuak’s fantastical owls could be audacious, festive, preening, and often surrounded by brightly-hued plumage. This owl is electric in its palette, as Kenojuak juxtaposes hot pink with green, creating a visual charge. Regarding her choice of colours, in 1980, Kenojuak told Jean Blodgett: “The colours are part of an informal system that I have. I select two colours that will go side by side, lining them up, saying that these two look good together. I use that system for my colouring and don’t change it halfway through the drawing.”

Kenojuak’s signature symmetrical composition is on display here, both energetic and harmonious. For Kenojuak, form always took precedence, though she often explained that her main objective as an artist was to inspire happiness in her viewers—mission accomplished with this radiant drawing.


Overall very good condition. Some smudging throughout paper, possibly artist generated. Fold to bottom left-hand corner, minor imperfections.

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LOT 165

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  • 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.)

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