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October 7, 2006 to February 18, 2007

Opening on October 7th, this exhibition showcases some of the best-known prints from Kinngait (Cape Dorset) with a focus on selected works by Kenojuak Ashevak, Pudlo Pudlat, Parr, Pitaloosie Saila, Pauta Saila, Kananginak Pootoogook, Sheojuk Etidlooie, Kingmeata Etidlooie, Pitseolak Ashoona, Lucy Qinnuayuak, Kiakshuk, Tudlik, and many other artists.

Kinngait – translated from the Inuit language of Inuktitut, as “mountains” – is the first community in the Canadian Arctic to produce drawings and prints, and has essentially set the standard for graphic art by Inuit artists. The early experimental prints were exhibited in 1958, the first catalogued collection followed in 1959, and annual print collections and catalogues have been produced ever since. Certainly the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative printmaking studios (now known as Kinngait Studios) is one of the most successful and longest running print shops in Canada; to date, the artists involved over the years have produced more than 100,000 drawings and in excess of 2,500 editioned prints.

Kinngait artists are noted for both their graphics and large-scale stone sculpture inspired by representation. Popular themes in both media include the concept of transformation between shaman and spirit helper or spirit animal, the legend of Sedna [the sea goddess], depictions of the traditional semi-nomadic hunting lifestyle and the elements of contemporary hamlet life in addition to a myriad of other subjects and styles personal to each individual artist.

Also featured from the collection is sculpture by Oviloo Tunnillie, Tutuyea Ikkiduak, Kumakuluk Saggiak, and Paulassie Pootoogook.

Karen Williamson
Guest Curator


Pudlo Pudlat, 1916-1992
Cape Dorset
Aeroplane, 1976
Printed by Qabaroak Qatsiya, 1942
stonecut and stencil on paper
62 x 86.5 cm
Collection of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative Ltd.; on loan to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Arctic Madonna

Pitaloosie Saila , 1942-
Cape Dorset
Arctic Madonna, 1980
Printed by Simigak Simeonie, 1939-2004
stonecut and stencil on paper
60 x 70 cm
Collection of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative Ltd.; on loan to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

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