by presented by Galerie Elca London
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Cape Dorset 2020 Graphics Collection
Opens October 17th, 2020
September 3 - Oct 28, 2020
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We are very pleased to present the 2020 Cape Dorset print collection comprised of 30 images by 16 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.

  

  

This is our 43rd 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 17th, we will now allow our clients to reserve images prior to the opening.

  

  

While no invoicing will be done prior to October 17th, 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.

  

  

Saimaiyu Akesuk
Pee Ashevak  
Shuvinai Ashoona
Qavavau Manumie
Johnny Pootoogook
Malaija Pootoogook
Quvianaqtuk Pudlat
Nujalia Quvianaqtuliaq
Pauojoungie Saggiak
Kakulu Saggiaktok
Ooloosie Saila
Pitaloosie Saila
Sita Saila
Nicotye Samayualie
Padloo Samayualie
Ningiukulu Teevee
                


Saimaiyu Akesuk
Rippling Birds (20-19)
Saimaiyu Akesuk
Sparkling Bird (20-20)
Pee Ashevak
Okpik Selfie (20-30)
Shuvinai Ashoona
Namonai's Tent (20-21)
Qavavau Manumie
Distinguished Bear (20-09)
Qavavau Manumie
Whale (20-10)
Johnny Pootoogook
Aerial Pursuit (20-14)
Malaija Pootoogook
Nunavut Vampire (20-06)
Quvianaqtuk Pudlat
Dancing Cranes (20-02)
Quvianaqtuk Pudlat
Triumphant Loon (20-03)
Quvianaqtuk Pudlat
Running Owl (20-01)
Nujalia Quvianaqtuliaq
Naimaut (20-04)
Pauojoungie Saggiak
First Catch (20-24)
Pauojoungie Saggiak
Massive Bowhead (20-23)
Kakulu Sagiatuk
Frenzy (20-22)
Ooloosie Saila
Above The Storm (20-15)
Ooloosie Saila
Solitary Iceberg (20-16)
Sita Saila
Young Inuk (20-26)
Sita Saila
Brazen Rival (20-25)
Pitaloosie Saila
Gaggle Of Geese (20-13)
Pitaloosie Saila
Qimutisik (Dog Team) (20-11)
Pitaloosie Saila
Fledgling (20-12)
Padloo Samayualie
Opposite Attraction (20-17)
Padloo Samayualie
Stretching Crane (20-18)
Nicotye Samayualie
Silaqituq (Bright Evening) (20-07)
Nicotye Samayualie
Shoreline Mystery (20-08)
Ningiukulu Teevee
Cozy Walrus (20-29)
Ningiukulu Teevee
Boastful Owl (20-28)
Ningiukulu Teevee
Stepping Out (20-27)
Pangnirtung Print Promotion
September 1 - Sept 30, 2020
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Galerie Elca London has been featuring Inuit graphics since the early 1970's. In that time we have presented collections from all the major Inuit printmaking communities. These include, but are not limited to, Baker Lake, Cape Dorset, Clyde River, Holman Island, & Povungnituk. Many of these collections, particularly in the 1970's featured 50 - 60 different prints. While some collections were stronger than others, none of them were sellouts. As a result, in the mid 1980's we found ourselves with an inventory of hundreds of prints from across the arctic. Some communities ceased their printmaking operations but we were forced to make to make the difficult but pragmatic decision to focus our efforts on the Cape Dorset print collection.

Our large inventory of pan-arctic prints decreased over the ensuing years and for the last couple of decades the gallery has focused on Cape Dorset graphics in the primary market but, since I have a great love of Baker Lake prints from the 1970's, our selection of secondary market prints always features wonderful works from Baker.

Since we occasionally buy entire collections, there are numerous acquisitions which include graphics from Pangnirtung or Povungnituk, etc. These are pieces that are of good quality fall outside the primary focus of the gallery. In addition, they take up much needed space in our storage drawers and print displays. With the expected arrival of the 2020 annual Cape Dorset graphics collection slated to open on October 17th, I have decided to offer special incentives on our collection of Pangnirtung graphics (and tapestries!) in order to free up some storage space and print sleeves.

In order to free up some space in our print drawers to make way for the inbound Cape Dorset 2020 annual graphics collection we are offering an exciting promotion on all Pangnirtung prints and tapestries throughout the month of September.

All Pangnirtung prints are being offered at 30% off of the listed price. The discount increases to 35% with the purchase of 2 or more Pangnirtung prints. You can also be creative and pair your Pang prints with our other graphics from Cape Dorset (except the 2020 collection), Baker Lake, etc. and receive a discount of 35% off the Pangnirtung piece and a 10% discount on prints from other communities (all subject to prior sale).
    


Malaya Akulukjuk
Lazy Days
Eleesapee Ishulutak
Crossing The Land, We Surprised A Rabbit, 1976
Eleesapee Ishulutak
After The Beluga
Eleesapee Ishulutak
Juggling, 1972
Solomon Karpik
Playing Drum, 1974
Pauloosie Karpik
Our Cache And Sleeping Place, 1976
Peter Kilabuk
Jealousy, 1978
Annie Pitsiulak
The Lamp Won't Stay Still, 1977
Annie Pitsiulak
Drum Dancers
Lipa Pitsiulak
Mask, 1974
Lipa Pitsiulak
Nothing Is Wasted, 1978
Andrew Qappik
Heading Inland, 1980
Andrew Qappik
Rabbit Hunting, 1978
Simon Shaimaiyuk
A Singing House, 1977
Geela Sowdluapik
Seal Hide Skipping, 1980
Free As A Bird
August 8 - Aug 28, 2020
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Saimaiyu Akesuk
Latcholassie's Birds, 2013-24
Levi Amidlak
Swiming Birds, ca. 1960
Kenojuak Ashevak
Courful Sentinel, 1980
Kenojuak Ashevak
Unidentified, 1991 (ref 6G)
Kenojuak Ashevak
Flowering Birds, 1982
Kenojuak Ashevak
Summer Owl, 1979
Pitseolak Ashoona
Summer Birds, 1974
Etulu Etidloie
Swimming Loon
Sheojuk Etidlooie
Searching Bird, 1998
Abraham Etungat
Shore Bird, ca. 1975
Abraham Etungat
Bird of Spring, ca. 1990
Luke Iksiktaaryuk
The Great Owl, 1973
Tuna Iquliq
Ptarmigan
Tuna Iquliq
Loon
Abraham Kingmiaqtuq
Bird With Fish, ca. 1980
Pudlo Melia
Recumbent Bird, ca. 1980
Ohotaq Mikkigak
Hesitant Bird, 2002
Samuel Nahaulaituq
Bird, ca. 1980
Bill Nasogaluak
Nesting Loon
Parr
Geese And Man, 1964
Kananginak Pootoogook
Sitjariat, 1975
Kananginak Pootoogook
Goose, 1965
Lukta Qiatsuk
Bird, ca. 1980
Pitseolak Qimirpik
Falcon
Silas Qiyuq
Bird, ca. 1975
Lucy Quinnauyuak
Sun Bird, 1969
Lucy Quinnauyuak
Bird Spirit With Seals, 1974
Lucy Quinnauyuak
Bird, 1965
Stanley Ruben
Cranes (ref:R)
Stanley Ruben
Cranes (ref:L)
Pitaloosie Saila
Sea Pigeon, 1970
Pudlalik Shaa
Dancing Goose
Toonoo Sharky
Bird With Fish, 2002
Ningiukulu Teevee
Flirtatious Owl, 2017
Minnie Tukallak
Resting Birds, ca. 1960
Recent Uploads
June 6 - Jul 1, 2020
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The pieces in this section are the latest uploads to the website. Some of them are recent acquisitions and others are items which for whatever reason were overlooked. We will be uploading images constantly throughout the month of June and July so please check back often.

To celebrate our re-opening and to tempt you to get back into the collecting habit, everything on the website (with the exception of consigned items) is available at a 20% discount off the retail price! On consigned items, I will either try to negotiate a better price with the consignors or reduce the gallery commission. This promotion shall remain in effect until the end of June.

All items offered subject to prior sale.

Enjoy!
  
                                


Latcholassie Akesuk
Sedna, ca. 1980
Manasie Akpaliapik
Wind Traveller, 2019
Levi Amidlak
Swiming Birds, ca. 1960
David Arnasungaaq
Muskox
Napachie Ashoona
Sedna Composition
Peter Assivaaryuk
Inuk, ca. 1975
Levi Echalook
Walrus, ca. 1960
Martha Ikiperiak Eekerkik
Family With Seal, ca. 1975
Charlie Epoo
Hunter, ca. 1975
Isaci Etidloie
Drum Dancer, 2004
Lucassie Etungat
Bird
Bart Hanna
Totem, ca. 2000
Johnny Inukpuk
Woman With Qulliq
Johnny Inukpuk
Mother and Twins, ca. 1980
Johnny Inukpuk
Inuk with Puppy, ca. 1985
Charlie Inukpuk
Walrus Hunter
Nuveeya Ipellie
Muskox
Archie Ishulutaq
Woman Fishing
Madeleine Isserkut Kringayark
Pod of Narwhals, 1979
Davidee Itulu
Scrimshaw, 1973
Nutaraluk Iyaituk
Polar Bear and Cubs, ca. 1990
Davidee Kavik
Seated Bear, ca. 1975
John Kavik
Head (ref:514)
Mikkigak Kingwatsiak
Mother and Child, ca. 1970
Charlie Kogvik
Sedna, ca. 1995
Ningiugapik Kolola
Scrimshaw, ca. 1975
Rosalie Ookangak Kopak
Mother and Children, ca. 1975
Qaqasiralaq Kullualik
Inuk, ca. 1975
Manno
Totem, ca. 1965
Johnnysa Mathewsie
Sea Shaman
Mary Miki
Woman, ca. 1975
Rudi Minilgak
Hunter and Seal, ca. 1965
Idris Moss-Davies
Polar Bear and Cub, 2020
Bill Nasogaluak
Swimming Polar Bear (ref:135)
Bill Nasogaluak
Swimming Polar Bear (ref: 133)
Bill Nasogaluak
Nesting Loon
Lyta Nutaushuk
Seated Father and Son, ca. 1975
Tommy Nuvaqirq
Seated Inuk, ca. 1960
Jacoposee Oopakak
Composition
July Papatsie
Inukshuk
Pavinak Petaulassie
Shool of Fish (ref:63M)
Pavinak Petaulassie
School of Fish (ref:83M)
Pavinak Petaulassie
School of Fish (ref:84M)
Isaaci Petaulassie
Diving and Dancing Bear, 2019
Timangiak Petaulassie
Bird, ca. 1975
Ningeoseak Peter
Pod of Narwhal (ref:40M)
Jamasie Pitseolak
Toy Car
Abraham Pov
Shaman, 1978
Simeonee Qayaq
Inuk Carrying a Polar Bear, ca. 1970
Lukta Qiatsuk
Bird, ca. 1980
Lukta Qiatsuk
Seated Woman, ca. 1960
Pits Qimirpik
Hacky Sack
Siutapik Ragee
Polar Bear
Turataga Ragee
Bird
Stanley Ruben
Cranes (ref:L)
Stanley Ruben
Cranes (ref:R)
Peter Sevoga
Inuk, ca. 2000
Peter Sevoga
Bird Shaman, ca. 1995
Mannumi Shaqu
Head, ca. 1980
Mannumi Shaqu
Kneeling Woman, ca. 1995
Charlie Sivuarapik
Cleaning A Parka, ca. 1965
Eric St-Cyr
Kneeling Woman
Nancy Tasseor
Mother and Child, ca. 1975
Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok
Mother and Child (ref:MA), ca. 2000
John Tiktak
Figure Holding A Bowl, ca. 1967-69
Simon Tookoome
Composition, ca. 2000
Tuckyashuk
Seal, ca. 1965
Aisa Tuluga
Legende, ca. 1965
Ovilu Tunnillie
Transformation
Ovilu Tunnillie
Bird and Seal, ca. 1980
Ashevak Tunnillie
Polar Bear (Ref212)
Ashevak Tunnillie
Polar Bear
Tytoosie Tunnillie
Sedna, ca. 2005
Tytoosie Tunnillie
Composition, ca. 2005
Unidentified
Mother and Child, ca. 1975
Unidentified
Woman, ca. 1958
Unidentified
Inuk with Harpoon, ca. 1980
Unidentified
Walrus, ca. 1958
Unidentified
Mother and Children, ca. 1965
Unidentified
Resting Caribou, ca. 1955
Unidentified
Walrus, ca. 1955
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
              


Saimaiyu Akesuk
Fox (2019-08)
Saimaiyu Akesuk
Blushing Bird (2019-09)
Saimaiyu Akesuk
Heads Up (2019-10)
Ohito Ashoona
Prowling Bear (2019-11)
Olooreak Etungat
Feeding Ravens (2019-12)
Enoosik Ottokie
Sedna and Fulmer (2019-13)
Nuna Parr
Confrontation (2019-29)
Pauojoungie Saggiak
Playful Bears (2019-21)
Pauojoungie Saggiak
Happy Narwhal (2019-22)
Sita Saila
Igluvigaq (A Place You Live) (2019-25)
Padloo Samayualie
Antlers & Bones (2019-19)
Ningiukulu Teevee
Basking Walrus (2019-06)
Recent Additions
August 27 - Sept 27, 2019
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Manasie Akpaliapik
Composition
Manasie Akpaliapik
Composition
Adam Alorut
Drummer
Adam Alorut
Dancing Bear
Barnabus Arnasungaaq
Muskox
Kenojuak Ashevak
Summer Owl, 1979
Lucas Attugatsiak
Butterfly
Joe Greene
Heron Looking For Fish
Damien Iquallaq
Composition, 2019
Damien Iquallaq
Composition, 2019
Carla Kayotak
Camp Scene
Tarsis Pilakapsi
Sedna
Pitseolak Qimirpik
Falcon
Pitseolak Qimirpik
Falcon
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.
    


Seated Woman, 2004
Standing Woman, 2004
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.

Enjoy!    
  


Inuk and Wolf
Standing Bear
Inuk and Bear
Father and Son
Inuk and Spirit
Bear and Cub
Woman (ref:3)
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.  

  


Eva Talooki Aliktiluk
Figure (ref:rbr)
Eva Talooki Aliktiluk
Figure (ref:20)
Eva Talooki Aliktiluk
Figure (ref:ge)
Eric Anoee
Caribou, ca. 1960
Luke Anowtalik
Acrobat, ca. 1990
Luke Anowtalik
Inuk
Luke Anowtalik
Inuk
Barnabus Arnasungaaq
Sea Spirit
Barnabus Arnasungaaq
Standing Bear
Barnabus Arnasungaaq
Woman (ref:3)
Mary Ayaq Anowtalik
Mother with Twins
Romeo Eekerkik
Self-portrait
Tuna Iquliq
Composition
Tuna Iquliq
Loon
Tuna Iquliq
Ptarmigan
John Kavik
Heads
John Kavik
Inuk
John Kavik
Head
John Kavik
Pot, ca. 1975
Vital Makpaaq
Running Man
John Pangnark
Inuk (ref:gl)
John Pangnark
Head (ref:jh)
George Tataniq
Inuk with Pipe
Mark Tungilik
Muskox Hunt
Mark Tungilik
Hunting Scene
Mark Tungilik
Composition, ca. 1975
Margaret Uyauperq Aniksak
Woman Fetching Water, ca. 1970
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.
    


Kunu
Girl With Skin Line, 1959
Shekoaloak Akesuk
Young Woman, 1959
Kellypalik Mangitak
Arctic Gull, 1959
Niviaksiak
Eskimo Summer Tent, 1959
Josephie Pootoogook
With The Raven Comes The Fish, 1959
Lukta Qiatsuk
Arctic Shore Birds, 1959
Lukta Qiatsuk
Canada Geese Nesting Ground, 1959
Tudlik
Excited Man Forgets His Weapon, 1959
Holiday Gift Ideas
idées-cadeaux pour les fêtes
December 7 - Jan 15, 2019
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Luke Anowtalik
Acrobat, ca. 1990
Kenojuak Ashevak
Flowering Birds, 1982
Silas Kayakjuak
Acrobats
Floyd Kuptana
Shaman Spirits Fly Over Sleeping Bear
Johnnysa Mathewsie
Goose
Kananginak Pootoogook
Caribou & Wolves
Kananginak Pootoogook
Bears on Blue, 2004
Noah Siakuluk
Mother and Child, ca. 1970
Ningiukulu Teevee
Caribou Legs (17-21)
Nalenik Temela
Narwhal
Simon Tookoome
Shaman, 1997
Mark Tungilik
Composition, ca. 1975
Unidentified
Yupik Basket, Hooper Bay, ca. 1960 (ref:098)
Cape Dorset 2018 Print Collection
October 20 - Nov 5, 2018
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Saimaiyu Akesuk
Striped Bear, 2018-18
Pauojoungie Saggiak
Spirit in the Limelight, 2016 (2018-10)
Pauojoungie Saggiak
Uutuit (Walruses on Top of Ice), 2018-12
Padloo Samayualie
Barnacles, 2018-28
Padloo Samayualie
Kinngait Calling, 2018-27
Davidialuk Alasua Amittu
Davidialuk Memorial Collection
May 1 - May 30, 2018
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Scene From The Legend of Lumaaq
Legend Of Lumak, 1975
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!

Enjoy.    


Mathew Aqigaaq
Mother And Children, ca 1975 (ref:RN1)
Mathew Aqigaaq
Mother And Child, ca. 1980 (Ref: AU1)
Mathew Aqigaaq
Drummer, ca. 1985
Kenojuak Ashevak
Evitaruit, 1979
Kenojuak Ashevak
Sedna's Journey
Arnaqu Ashevak
Flower Composition, 1994
Arnaqu Ashevak
Ivik (Grass Basket), 2004
Arnaqu Ashevak
In The Wake Of The Whale, 2002
Kiawak Ashoona
Mother and Son, 2000
Pitseolak Ashoona
Hunter Carrying Birds, 1968
Pitseolak Ashoona
Sea Dog and Seal, ca. 1970
Pitseolak Ashoona
Sea Dog, ca. 1970
Kaka Ashoona
Owl, ca. 1975
Kaka Ashoona
Portrait, ca. 1980
Kumwartok Ashoona
Angels Beckon
Martha Ittulukatnak
Untitled drawing, ca. 1970 (ref:01)
Martha Ittulukatnak
Untitled, ca. 1970 (ref:02)
Janet Kigusiuq
Hunting Scene
Janet Kigusiuq
Father & Son
Jessie Oonark
Two Fish Looking For Something To Eat, 1978
Jessie Oonark
Men Hunting Animals, 1978
Jessie Oonark
Little Circle, 1973
Napachie Pootoogook
Lost in the Storm
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
Pitaloosie
Cee Pootoogook
Malaija Pootoogook
Shuvinai Ashoona
Simeonie Teevee
Ningiukulu Teevee

Please contact us to inquire about purchasing any of these images.

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Saimaiyu Akesuk
Together (17-6)
Saimaiyu Akesuk
Transfiguration (17-8)
Cee Pootoogook
Summer Buzz (17-16)
Malaija Pootoogook
Clash (17-18)
Ningiukulu Teevee
Mythical Kudlik (17-28)
Ningiukulu Teevee
Caribou Legs (17-21)
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.
          


Akeeaktashuk
Seal Hunter, ca. 1953
Davidialuk Alasua Amittu
Owl On Kamotik, 1961
Sammy Kaitak
Hunter & Bear - Woman Sewing, ca. 1960
Annie Mikpigak
Caribou, 1964
Annie Mikpigak
Owl And Lemming, 1968
Mary Tukilaq Padlayat
Woman Scraping Bear Hide, ca. 1955
Johnny Issaja Papigatok
Woman With Ulu, ca. 1956
Paulosie Sivuak
String Figure Of A Seal Oil Lamp, 1961
Joe Talirunili
Return Of The Survivors From The Floating Ice, 1965
Unidentified
Seal Hunter, ca. 1960
Unidentified
Hunter with Spear, ca. 1955
Unidentified
Fisherman, ca. 1958
Unidentified
otter and Fish, ca. 1958
Unidentified
Hunter, ca. 1955
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 (info@elcalondon.com) 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




    


Tim Pitsiulak
Ancient Walrus Skull (2016-08)
Malaija Pootoogook
Accordion Player (2016-17)
Pauojoungie Saggiak
Counting Char (16-13)
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.
        


Luke Angohadluq
Hunter And His Kayak, 1978
Luke Angohadluq
Qiviuq Crossing the Ocean, 1978
Kenojuak Ashevak
Untitled, 1962-19
Kenojuak Ashevak
Untitled, 1962 (ref; JT16)
Kenojuak Ashevak
Untitled 1962 (refJT12)
Kenojuak Ashevak
Untitled, 1962-64
Jessie Oonark
Two Rooms Inside The Iglu, 1982
Jessie Oonark
Men Hunting Animals, 1978
Jessie Oonark
Little Circle, 1973
Parr
Harpooning Walrus, 1963
Parr
Walrus Hunt, 1963
Kananginak Pootoogook
Goose, 1965
Kananginak Pootoogook
Levilivela, 1968
Kananginak Pootoogook
Owl And Raven, 1967
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 (info@elcalondon.com) 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    


Saimaiyu Akesuk
Tilt 2015-24
Kudjuajuk Ashoona
His & Hers 2015-11
Qavavau Manumie
Looking Back 2015-21
Malaija Pootoogook
Song Birds 2015-17
Malaija Pootoogook
Luminous Bird 2015-16
Pitaloosie Saila
Guiding Sedna 2015-26
Nicotye Samayualie
Sewing Day 2015-10
Nicotye Samayualie
Salt & Pepper 2015-08
Birds
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.      


Saimaiyu Akesuk
Latcholassie's Birds, 2013-24
Kenojuak Ashevak
Unidentified, 1991 (ref 6G)
Kenojuak Ashevak
Arctic Gulls, 1972
Pitseolak Ashoona
Bird, ca. 1970
Pitseolak Ashoona
Woman chasing Bird, ca. 1970
Shuvinai Ashoona
Hatched
Sheojuk Etidlooie
Searching Bird, 1998
Kiakshuk
Chasing Geese Into Pens, 1964
Kananginak Pootoogook
Sitjariat, 1975
Lucy Quinnauyuak
Family of Birds, 1963
Lucy Quinnauyuak
Three Blue Birds, 1961
Ningiukulu Teevee
I'm Drowning Up To My Neck, 2009
Recent Additions
February 26 - Mar 26, 2015
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Kenojuak Ashevak
Unidentified, 1991 (ref 6G)
Kenojuak Ashevak
Untitled, ca. 1973
Parr
Man and Caribou, 1963
Lukasi Kanarjua Qinuajua
Bird With Fish, ca. 1958
Mannumi Shaqu
Mother and Child, ca. 1990
Lucassie Tukai
Caribou, ca. 1958
Piloposie Tukai
Fisherman, ca. 1960
Tamusi Qumala Tukala
Inuk, ca. 1960
Unidentified
Seal Hunter, ca. 1960
Unidentified
Hunter with Spear, ca. 1955
Unidentified
Seated Hunter, ca. 1958
Unidentified
Fisherman, ca. 1958
Unidentified
otter and Fish, ca. 1958
New Additions
December 12 - Jan 16, 2015
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Tania Qumaluk (the Elder)
Bird and Seal, 1973
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.
      


Saimaiyu Akesuk
Qaumajuq (Fly), 2014-29
Saimaiyu Akesuk
Striped Goose, 2014-31
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.
      


Kenojuak Ashevak
Untitled, 1962-46
Kenojuak Ashevak
The Intruder, 1968
Kenojuak Ashevak
Untitled, 1962-58
Pitseolak Ashoona
Untitled (1962-43)
Pitseolak Ashoona
Untitled, 1962 (#46)
Kiakshuk
Untitled (1962-35)
Kiakshuk
Men and Animals, 1963
Kiakshuk
Sea Beasts and Bear, 1963
Timothy Ottochie
Untitled (1962 #42)
Timothy Ottochie
Untitled, 1962 (#59)
Kananginak Pootoogook
Camp Scene, 1968
Kananginak Pootoogook
Igloo, 1964
Lukta Qiatsuk
Untitled, 1962
Saggiak
Untitled (1962-61)
Saggiak
Unitled (1963 #62)
Pauta Saila
Untitled, 1962 (#50)
Pauta Saila
Composition, 1964
Jamasie Teevee
Camp Scene, 1964
Jamasie Teevee
Hunting Seal, 1964
Tuckyashuk
Kayak Hunter, 1963
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."


    


Singing Northern Lights, 1985
I See Caribou, 1972
Two Fish Looking For Something To Eat, 1978
Two Rooms Inside The Iglu, 1982
Hunters With Caribou, 1967
Children Playing, 1979
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.


  


Davidialuk Alasua Amittu
Legend of the Giant, 1964
Davidialuk Alasua Amittu
Legend Of Lumak, 1975
Davidialuk Alasua Amittu
Man Hitting a Bear, 1975
Siasi Atitu
Blocking Seal Hole, 1964
Alasi Audla Tullaugak
Making Mattress, 1964
Tivi Etook
Caribou And Wolf I, 1976
Juanisialu Irqumia
Danger Trail, 1965
Lucy Meeko
Study, 1973
Noah Meeko
Bear Hunt, 1972
Henry Napartuk
The Old Way Of Hunting Beluga Whales, 1972
Henry Napartuk
Study (Ref: 33), 1973
Henry Napartuk
Study, 1972
Leah Qumaluk
The Woman And The Bird, 1968
Joe Talirunili
Inuit Family of a Long Time Ago, 1975
Joe Talirunili
The Old Way of Living, 1975
Recent Acquisitions
February 5 - Mar 6, 2014
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Sheojuk Etidlooie
Young Caribou, 1999
Sheojuk Etidlooie
At The Fish Weir, 1999
Sheojuk Etidlooie
Searching Bird, 1998
Sheojuk Etidlooie
Pitsiit (Drying Fish), 1998
Janet Kigusiuq
Untitled (ref:60)
Janet Kigusiuq
Untitled, Figures and Boat (ref:59)
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.
                


Kenojuak Ashevak
Untitled, 1962-46
Kenojuak Ashevak
Untitled, 1962-58
Kenojuak Ashevak
The Intruder, 1968
Pitseolak Ashoona
Perils of the Sea Traveller, 1960
Pitseolak Ashoona
Untitled, 1962 (#46)
Silas Qiyuq
Bird, ca. 1975
Jamasie Teevee
Camp Scene, 1964
Charlie Tooktoo
Hunter, ca. 1965
 
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