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Cape Dorset Engravings From The 1960's
Kananginak Pootoogook
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.
      

Kananginak Pootoogook
Goose, 1965
19.75 x 13 in.  engraving / gravure
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Camp Scene, 1968
13 x 16 in.  engraving / gravure
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Igloo, 1964
12.5 x 18 in.  engraving / gravure
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