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2019 Cape Dorset Print Collection
Preview of this years Dorset Collection: Official opening October 19, 2019
September 7 - Nov 15, 2019
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     We are  very pleased to present the 2019 Cape Dorset print collection comprised  of 32 images by 17 different artists. This is another wonderful group of  artworks in a variety of media including stonecut, lithography, etching  & aquatint, etc. There are a few new faces in this collection and  there are a couple of works by artists who have previously only been  known for their carving skills.

     This is  our 42nd year of offering the Fall print collection. Much has changed  over the last 40 years. I have fond memories of people waiting patiently  in line in order to purchase prints on opening day. For better or  worse, the internet seems to have changed how people acquire their  prints. Instead of waiting in line, clients now prefer to surf the web  to find galleries willing to lock in reservations prior to opening day.  As a result, while we are contractually forbidden from selling the  prints before the official opening date of October 19th, we will now  allow our clients to reserve images prior to the opening.

While no  invoicing will be done prior to October 19th, we will reserve prints on a  first come, first served basis effective immediately. Reservations will  be processed in the order received. We will let you know if we can  confirm your reservation.

Ningiukulu Teevee
Saimaiyu Akesuk
Ohito Ashoona
Olooreak Etungat
Enoosik Ottokie
Pee Ashevak
Qavavau Manumie
Ooloosie Saila
Mosesie Mangitak
Padloo Samayualie
Nicotye Samayualie
Pauojoungie Saggiak
Killiktee Killiktee
Sita Saila
Pitaloosie Saila
Nuna Parr
Quvianaqtuk Pudlat

Recent Additions
August 27 - Sept 27, 2019
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Ovilu Tunnillie   
Oviloo in Montreal
July 15 - Aug 30, 2019
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Born into a family of artists, Oviloo Tunnillie (1946-2014) was a respected sculptor who achieved international recognition for her innovative works. Working within a predominantly male artistic practice in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Tunnillie's autobiographical sculptures are distinct from her peers who created traditional sculptures of wildlife, hunting scenes and transformation pieces. Her bold subject matter stemmed from her childhood trauma of contracting tuberculosis and being separated from her family. Tunnillie's works defied stereotypes of Inuit, the impact of Southern contact, and tackled social concerns, particularly issues affecting women within Northern communities. She additionally was one of the few Inuit artists to choose the female nude as a subject. Her legacy has influenced a new generation of artists working in the Studio who do not shy away from difficult subject matter.  

Tunnillie's works have been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the National Gallery of Canada. In 2003, she was elected as a member to the Royal Canadian Academy.

This group of sculptures was produced when Ovilu and her family were living in Montreal in 2004 and all hail from a prominent local collection.

Barnabus Arnasungaaq   
Barnabus Arnasungaaq (1924-2017) mini exhibition
May 7 - Jun 7, 2019
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This small group of sculptures by Baker Lake artist Barnabus Arnasungaaq (1924-2017), all sourced from a Montreal private collection, is an interesting cross sampling to show that there is much more to Barnabus than his signature muskoxen.


Small Sculptures from the Kivalliq Region
April 5 - May 5, 2019
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The Kivalliq Region is located on the a portion of the mainland west of Hudson Bay as well as both Coats and Southampton Islands. The region is perhaps better known by us old timers at the Keewatin District, a name derived from a Cree dialect in Northern Ontario. Since the creation of Nunavut in 1999 the name Keewatin has been phased out in favour of Kivalliq. The region has a population of just over 10,000 people and is comprised of several communities including Arviat, Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake), Igluligaarjuk (Chesterfield Inlet), Salliq (Coral Harbour), Naujaat (Repulse Bay), Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), & Tikiraqjuaq (Whale Cove).

The very hard stone found throughout much of the region has necessitated an approach which is far more minimalist than what comes out of either Baffin Island or Nunavik, both of which have stones which are much easier to to carve. Interestingly, the aesthetic which developed as a result of hard stone is mirrored in works produced from softer materials such as caribou antler or walrus ivory.

Some of the most important Inuit artists of the latter part of the 20th Century hailed from the Kivalliq Region. Artists such as John Tiktak, John Pangnark, Luke Iksiktaaryuk, George Tatanniq, Barnabus Arnasuugaaq, Marc Tungilik, Lucy Tasseor, & John Kavik all have works in every major book on Inuit art and their works feature very prominently in most museum displays. It can be easily argued that while artists from other areas of the arctic have enjoyed greater commercial success, artists from the Kivalliq enjoy greater critical respect.

While large examples of works by these artists from key periods in the 1960's and 70's are now selling for very high prices, smaller works are still available at very reasonable prices. This exhibition is a somewhat encyclopedic survey of smaller works by artists from the Kivalliq which can be had a prices which won't break the bank.  


1959 Dorset Prints
April 4 - May 4, 2019
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After a year or two of experimentation, Cape Dorset released its' inaugural print collection in the fall of 1959. The collection featured a total of 41 prints produced primarily in either stonecut or stencil.  Since the collection was produced with cautious enthusiasm, edition sizes were limited to 30 impressions each. Fast forward sixty years and Cape Dorset is still producing some of the most exciting works of graphic art in Canada and is the likely the oldest print atelier in continuous operation.

We are very proud to present this wonderful group of 1959 graphics as it presents a rare opportunity to see so many together at the same time. There are a number of passionate collectors who have been trying to amass the entire collection and competition for the 1959 prints at auction is often fierce. Given the small edition sizes and the ravages of time, some of these prints may never re-appear on the market.

Holiday Gift Ideas
idées-cadeaux pour les fêtes
December 7 - Jan 15, 2019
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Cape Dorset 2018 Print Collection
October 20 - Nov 5, 2018
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Davidialuk Alasua Amittu   
Davidialuk Alasua Amittu
Davidialuk Memorial Collection
May 1 - May 30, 2018
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Feast or Famine: All In The Family
March 29 - Apr 29, 2018
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  In the context of this exhibition, feast or famine refer not to the very real food concerns of Inuit past and present but rather to the serendipitous nature of the gallery inventory. There are certain artists whose works, for whatever reason, are impossible to find one day and then are seemingly in abundance the next. The impetus for this loosely woven group of sculptures and graphics was the arrival, through several sources, of six sculptures by Mathew Aqgaaq (1940-2010). Mathew was the son of one of my personal favourite artists Martha Ittulukatnak (1912-D). Perhaps not by coincidence, the gallery recently acquired two wonderful Martha drawings from ca. 1970.

Expanding on the mother and child relationship between the two artists listed above, I looked around the gallery for other quality works by powerful matriarchs and their artistic progeny. It wasn't too difficult to quickly come up with Pitseolak Ashoona (1904-1983) and her sons Kaka and Kiawak and daughters Kumwartok Ashoona and Napatchie Pootoogook. Also from Cape Dorset is the spectacular Kenojuak Ashevak and her son, the late Arnaqu Ashevak. Baker Lake is represented not only by Mathew & Martha but also by the stellar Jessie Oonark and her daughter Janet Kigusiuq.

The famine partof the exhibition is that while I would like to present works by several of the other equally talented progeny of the above artists there simply aren't any currently on offer. Who knows what tomorrow might bring!


2017 Cape Dorset
Annual Print Collection
October 21 - Nov 5, 2017
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   We are proud to present the 2017 Cape Dorset Annual Print collection. 2017 marks the 40th year that Galerie Elca London has had the privilege of presenting these graphics to the public!

The 2017 collection features works by 15 different artists. While we mourn the passing of the tremendously talented Tim Pitsiulak we welcome the arrival of several exciting new artists. Some of the new contributors are young and their names will be unfamiliar to the Southern audience but there is a lovely etching and aquatint by Nuna Parr who is certainly one of the senior ambassadors of Cape Dorset sculpture.

Artists from the collection include:
Tim Pitsiulak
Quvianaqtuk Pudlat
Saimayu Akesuk
Kakulu Saggiaktok
Qavavau Manumie
Annie Parr
Nicotye Samayualie
Ooloosie Saila
Nuna Parr
Cee Pootoogook
Malaija Pootoogook
Shuvinai Ashoona
Simeonie Teevee
Ningiukulu Teevee

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Nunavik: The Early Years
June 20 - Jul 19, 2017
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    While the Inuit had been producing small scale sculptural objects for  thousands of years, the sale or trade of  their creations was  exceedingly rare until after the Second World War.  Toronto artist James  Houston (1921-2005) hitched a plane ride to the  remote community of  Inukjuak in 1948 and brought back a number of  sculptures which he  presented to the Canadian Handicrafts Guild. Armed  with an acquisition  budget of $1,100.00, Houston returned to the arctic  in 1949 and amassed  a collection of works which would be featured in the  Guild's first  ever exhibition of Inuit art later that year. This  premier exhibition  of Inuit art in Southern Canada was a great success  and marked the  beginning of a remarkable international love affair with the art of the   North which has endured for almost 70 years.

The first pieces which came down from the arctic in the late 1940's and  early 1950's hailed from the East coast of Hudson Bay. While Houston's  first contact was in Inukjuak, he also visited neighbouring communities  such as Povungnituk and Salluit. Houston worked with the Inuit in these  remote settlements to produce a range of work to satisfy the growing  hunger for Inuit art in Southern Canada. While the Inuit had  traditionally used softer and lighter materials such as antler, walrus  ivory, and whalebone which were better suited to their nomadic  lifestyle, the transition to a more sedentary lifestyle and access to  better tools allowed the Inuit to express themselves using local  supplies of carving stone. The earliest examples tend to focus on the  daily life of the Inuit. Arctic wildlife and dailyactivities such as fishing, the hunt for marine mammals and the use of their skins join tender depictions of maternal scenes.

While  one might expect that this first foray into the creation of larger  stone pieces to be rudimentary and blockish, the reality is that many of  these early pieces have an elegance of line and execution. I am  personally very fond of the pieces produced in the early 1950's where  the carvers were experimenting with the use of inlay. A variety of  materials including bone, antler, and limestone were used to fashion  faces which were then set into stone bodies. A highlight of this  exhibition is the stunning sculpture of a woman returning from a  successful fishing trip. Her beautiful face, carved from walrus ivory,  features stunning scrimshawed detail including the tradition Inuit  facial tattoos common in the period (which, interestingly, are now  making a comeback in the North).

In the latter half of the  1950's, again assisted by Houston, the Inuit began producing works of  graphic art. While these first efforts were produced in Cape Dorset,  where Houston was living at the time, there was an experimental  collection in Povungnituk in 1961 with a fully catalogued collection  commencing in 1962.

This exhibition is an informal survey of  pieces produced during the first 25 years of artistic production in  Nunavik. While there are examples of works by some of the most famous  Inuit artists such as Akeeaktashook, Davidialuk Alasua Amittu, & Joe  Talirunili it is important to point out that some of the best early  pieces are anonymous or by artists who had glorious but short lived  careers marked by just a few astonishing pieces.

Please enjoy my tribute to these amazing artists and their early work.

2016 Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection
October 15 - Nov 15, 2016
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We are very pleased to announce the opening of the 2016 Cape  Dorset  Annual collection of graphics.The official opening of this years collection is on  Saturday,  October 15th at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. This year due to the circumstances surrounding our change of location we will not have a "physical opening" but instead offer the prints by email, phone, or fax.

Telephone,   mail, & email orders ( should be sent prior to   Saturday, October 15th to ensure priority processing. Please note that   these orders will only be processed after the official gallery opening   at 8:30 a.m.

Nous sommes très fiers d'annoncer le lancement   de la collection d'estampes Cape Dorset 201. Le lancement officiel  sera  samedi le 15 octobre, 2015 à 8h30.  Cette année, en raison des circonstances entourant notre demenagement, nous aurons pas une «ouverture physique», les oeuvres sont plutot offert par e-mail, téléphone ou fax.

Commandes par   courriel ou téléphone doivent être envoyés avant samedi le 15 octobre   pour assurer un traitement prioritaire. SVP notez que ces commandes   seront traitées après l'ouverture officiel à 8h30


Inuit Graphics From A Private Collection
December 5 - Dec 31, 2015
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    This eclectic group of images all hail from the collection of a Montrealer with a lifelong passion for Inuit art.Over the span of several decades he amassed a collection of hundreds of graphics from every major printmaking community in the Canadian Arctic with a primary focus on Cape Dorset and Baker Lake. This group of works from Dorset and Baker Lake centers around the collectors' two favourite artists; Kenojuak Ashevak and Jessie Oonark but also features works by their contemporaries. The works span four decades of collecting as well as artistic production.

Cape Dorset 2015 Print Collection
October 17 - Nov 17, 2015
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We are very pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 Cape  Dorset Annual collection of graphics.The official opening is on  Saturday, October 17th at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. Due to the demand for  these graphics, clients will be served in numerical order. Numbers will  be available on Saturday morning commencing at 8:00 a.m.

Telephone,  mail, & email orders ( should be sent prior to  Saturday, October 17th to ensure priority processing. Please note that  these orders will only be processed after the official gallery opening  at 8:30 a.m.

Nous sommes très fiers d'annoncer le lancement  de la collection d'estampes Cape Dorset 2015. Le lancement officiel sera  samedi le 17 octobre, 2015 à 8h30. Suite à la grande demande pour ces  estampes, les clients seront servis en ordre numérique. Les numéros  seront disponibles samedi le 17 octobre à 8h00

Commandes par  courriel ou téléphone doivent être envoyés avant samedi le 17 octobre  pour assurer un traitement prioritaire. SVP notez que ces commandes  seront traitées après l'ouverture officiel à 8h30    

Avian Imagery in Inuit Graphics
June 27 - Jul 21, 2015
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This exhibition is an informal survey of the bird image in Inuit graphics and drawings.      

Recent Additions
February 26 - Mar 26, 2015
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New Additions
December 12 - Jan 16, 2015
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2014 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection
October 17 - Nov 5, 2014
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It is with great pleasure that we present the 2014 Cape Dorset annual print collection. This year, the collection is comprised of 38 images by 15 different artists. There are several new names with exciting works but, sadly, we also said goodbye to the late  Itee Pootoogook who is represented by two images.

Works from the 2014 collection will be available for purchase as of Friday, October 17th at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. The works will be available for preview as of Wednesday, October 15th.

Fax, phone, and email orders should be sent prior to Friday, October 17th in order to assure priority processing.

Cape Dorset Engravings From The 1960's
August 27 - Sept 14, 2014
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   It has long been my belief that some of the least know and under-appreciated early Inuit graphics are the early engravings from Cape Dorset. Most stonecut prints are a collaborative project between the artist who produces the original drawing and a printmaker who interprets the image by carving it upon a stone block, With the engravings however, the artist drew his (or her) image directly onto a copper plate. The resulting images have an immediacy and a wonderful simplicity that is often missing from the larger stonecuts or lithographs.

The early 1960's saw many of the top names in Dorset produce engravings, but there are a number of wonderful images by more obscure artists. Artists in this exhibition include Kenojuak Ashevak, Pauta Saila, Pitseolak Ashoona, & Kiakshuk.  In that the engraving process requires a more robust paper stock than the delicate Japanese rice paper used for the stonecuts, most of the engravings are in remarkably great condition for their age.

Jessie Oonark   
Jessie Oonark Print Retrospective
35 Images from 1960 -1986
April 11 - May 6, 2014
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Jessie Ooonark (1906-1985)

"Jessie Oonark was born in the area of northern Canada known as the  Barren Lands, north and west of the present-day village of Baker Lake,  Northwest Territories, where she settled in the late 1950s. Her  childhood and young adulthood were spent in the traditional pursuits of  an Inuit woman: dressing caribou and sealskins, and making parkas and  other items of traditional clothing. Oonark began her career as a  graphic artist in 1959, when a Canadian biologist working in Baker Lake  gave her art supplies. Her talent was immediately recognized, and she  was soon making drawings for sale. A selection of Oonark's drawings were  sent from Baker Lake to Cape Dorset, the only Inuit settlement issuing  prints at the time…. She was the only outsider ever included in the Cape  Dorset print program.

Oonark was a major force in the development of the graphic arts  program at Baker Lake in the 1960s and 1970s. Her singular talent was  rewarded by an art advisor at Baker Lake who gave Oonark her own studio  and a small salary to allow her the freedom of full-time artistic  creativity. (She had previously been working as a janitor at the local  church.) Between 1970 and 1985 more than 100 of Oonark's drawings were  translated into prints and issued in the annual Baker Lake print  editions.

A strong, bold graphic sense informs all of Oonark's work.  Traditional dress, women's facial tatoos, and shamanistic themes are  common in her art, yet they usually appear as isolated, fragmentary  forms, shaped into a graphically bold image rather than a comprehensible  narrative. Oonark is also well known as a textile artist, whose wool  and felt wall-hangings reveal her as a master of color and form."


Nunavik Graphics
Prints from Arctic Quebec: 1961-1978
March 14 - Apr 7, 2014
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This informal exhibition focuses on graphic works from Nunavik (Arctic Quebec) produced during the first two decades of printmaking in the region. Prints from Cape Dorset became popular in the South immediately after their first formal collection in 1959. It was not long before the newly formed Povungnituk Cooperative began to consider producing limited editions. The first "Experimental" Povungnituk prints were produced in 1961 and are quite rare and wonderful with several stylistic similarities to work being produced in Cape Dorset. By the first official collection of 1962, featured at the back of the 1962 Cape Dorset print catalog, there had been a major stylistic shift.

Beginning in 1962 the majority of Povungnituk prints feature the rough outline of the print stone, often incorporated into the image as landscape elements, etc. Povungnituk graphics are very narrative, illustrating details of the daily travails of Inuit life or fascinating legends. While mostly monochromatic, there is a very subtle use of colour in the early images. While exhibition highlights are works by Davidialuk and Joe Talirunili, there are also works by Juanisialu Irqumia as well as a number of wonderful pieces by more obscure Povungnituk artists. It should be noted that one of the reasons that artists from Povungnituk are not better known in the South is the result of poor marketing decisions in the North. Whereas the experimental 1961 images were annotated in English, a decision was made that saw a change to Inuktituk on the 1962 images. As a result, Southern collectors seldom knew the names of the artists or the titles of prints, etc. Even today, identifying many of the Nunavik graphics without a reference library is quite a challenge.

By the early 1970's, other Nunavik settlements began to produce graphics. This exhibition also features works by noted Kuujjuaraapik (Great Whale River) artists Henry Napartuk, Lucy Meeko, & Noah Meeko as well as a wonderful work by Ivujivik's Tivi Etook.


Recent Acquisitions
February 5 - Mar 6, 2014
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Holiday Highlights
An Informal Survey Exhibition
December 14 - Feb 1, 2014
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        This exhibition features a cross section of works from the 1950's through until the mid 1970's. While the focus on sculpture is primarily from Nunavik (Arctic Quebec) and Baker Lake there are also a number of early graphic works from cape Dorset.

2013 Cape Dorset Print Collection
Opening Friday October 18th
September 1 - Nov 10, 2013
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       We are very proud to present the 2013 Cape Dorset annual print collection. This collection marks the last year featuring works by the late Kenojuak Ashevak who participated in every collection since the inaugural 1959 portfolio! This year also marks the introduction of several new artists from Dorset including Nicotye Samayualie, Saimaiyu Akesuk and Siassie Kenneally.

The collection will be available for preview in the gallery as of Wednesday, October 16th and the prints will be available for purchase on Friday October 18th at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.

Fax, phone and email orders should be sent prior to Friday, October 18th to ensure priority processing.


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