Karoo, Kenojuak AND Pauta featured in this auction
We are pleased to present the following collections and individual works entrusted to us for this spring’s auction of Inuit Art.
This lovely selection of artwork by artists from across Canada’s Arctic is highlighted by the prestigious private collection of a long-time auction attendee who found such treasures as Karoo Ashevak’s animated drum dancer at Waddington’s in 1983.
Another extraordinary work in this auction is Michael Massie’s mixed media work titled Creativity of the Spirit: Distant Relations which has gained the admiration of all of Waddington’s specialists and which I’m especially pleased to present to the auction market, along with three other fabulous works by Massie. From this same Ottawa collection we offer some stunning contemporary graphics by Itee Pootoogook, Germaine Arnaktauyok and Kenojuak Ashevak.
A particular wonder of this auction is a collection of fabrics printed with incredible designs in Cape Dorset in the 1960’s. The largest collection of fabric art to come to market and a rarity to even see – this collection is a piece of the history of innovation in the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative.
Pauta Saila, the master of the dancing polar bear, is well represented in the following pages, each carving of his was carefully selected and are prime examples of different creative phases in his career.
Finally, we are pleased to bring attention to another collection which has come all the way to us from Wales and was composed by a couple who lived and worked in the North in those early days and felt akin to the people they met there. We’ve included their story on page 56 of the catalogue.
Thank you to all of our consigners this season, it is truly a pleasure to hear your stories and be trusted to present your collections. And a sincere thank you to all the collectors who continue to demonstrate their love of Inuit art, season after season.
Christa Ouimet Inuit Art Specialist