by Pauta Saila presented by Galerie Elca London
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Cape Dorset Engravings From The 1960's
Pauta Saila
August 27 - Sept 14, 2014

   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.
      

Pauta Saila
Untitled, 1962 (#50)
13 x 19 in.  engraving / gravure
Pauta Saila
Composition, 1964
12.5 x 17.25 in.  engraving / gravure
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