2018 CAPE DORSET PRINT COLLECTION

Includes Saimaiyu Akesuk, Shuvinai Ashoona, Qavavau Manumie, Cee Pootoogook, Quvianaqtuk Pudlat, Pauojoungie Saggiak, Pitaloosie Saila, Padloo Samayualie, Axangayuk Shaa, Ningiukulu Teevee, Papiara Tukiki
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Showing Quvianaqtuk Pudlat

2018 CAPE DORSET PRINT COLLECTION

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For a place that had humble beginnings as a settlement founded in 1913 intended as a trading post for the Hudson’s Bay Company, Cape Dorset has since come a long way. Known as Kinngait in Inuktitut, it now boasts a population of 1400, and is home to many artists who have, over the years, brought much renown from the world to a small unassuming town in the Canadian arctic.

Since the very first print release in 1959, we have witnessed a community that is frequently in a state of transition. New imports from the South and rapid acculturation continue to bring about profound changes in the region as people grapple with navigating every day life in a community that is still
re-defining their collective post-colonial identity. Theirs is a world filled with stark polarities that require individuals to seek out balance between personal history, culture, language, their connection to the land and its resources to the modern, shifting realities of work, business, technology and social media. It is in the midst of this ongoing flux where the artists have established a contemporary visual culture that they can consider entirely true of themselves.

The 59th annual print collection presents an exciting mix of themes; the comforting and naturalistic are juxtaposed with familiar motifs presented in bold, new perspectives. Our established artists, Ningiukulu Teevee, Qavavau Manumie, Papiara Tukiki, Pitaloosie Saila, and Shuvinai Ashoona all return this year with their highly characteristic imagery. Cee Pootoogook and Padloo Samayualie, both in their mid-career, steadily continue to produce engaging work that delight the eye. Emerging talents, Pauojoungie Saggiak and Quvianaqtuk Pudlat, are confidently making waves in the art world and establishing a brand new stage of their own. Lastly, Axangayuk Shaa, a very established sculptor and the eldest artist featured in the collection, has just released his first print since 1961.

This year, the hamlet celebrated the inaugural opening of the Kenojuak Cultural Centre (KCC) in September. For a community that boasts one of the highest number of artists per capita in the country and previously had no public gallery or learning space for artists, there are high expectations for the KCC to further consolidate and strengthen local visual culture in the years to come. The KCC is also the new home of Kinngait Studios, the longest continuously running print studio in Canada. Large glass windows serve as partitions allowing the studio’s processes to be fully viewable by the public. It has already drawn some interest from youth who have come in to observe the printers at work – demystifying the process of art making and piquing the interest of promising young minds and hands. It may just be the start of fostering new talent for Kinngait Studios into the future.

Dorset Fine Arts is proud to release 34 prints in this year’s catalogue and would like to thank you all for partaking in our journey thus far. It is the culminated effort of all who were involved; the hard work of our artists and printers, as well as the WBEC staff. The sheer amount of support and cultivation required to realize each year’s collection is no small feat. We look forward to moving into into our sixtieth year of operation together and beyond as we continue to embrace fresh possibilities of printmaking in Cape Dorset.

– Naia Wang

REARING CARIBOU 42/50
REARING CARIBOU 42/50
CD18-34
etching & chine collé
26 x 28 in.
$900 CAD


REARING CARIBOU 8/50
REARING CARIBOU 8/50
CD18-34
etching & chine collé
26 x 28 in.
$900 CAD


MIGHTY BEAR 42/50
MIGHTY BEAR 42/50
CD18-33
stonecut
24.2 x 38 in.
$1,200 CAD


MIGHTY BEAR 8/50
MIGHTY BEAR 8/50
CD18-33
stonecut
24.2 x 38 in.
$1,200 CAD


SLY FOXES 42/50
SLY FOXES 42/50
CD18-32
stonecut
31.5 x 24 in.
$800 CAD


SLY FOXES 8/50
SLY FOXES 8/50
CD18-32
stonecut
31.5 x 24 in.
$800 CAD


DEFIANT CARIBOU 42/50
DEFIANT CARIBOU 42/50
CD18-31
etching & chine collé
31.5 x 38.8 in.
$1,200 CAD


DEFIANT CARIBOU 8/50
DEFIANT CARIBOU 8/50
CD18-31
etching & chine collé
31.5 x 38.8 in.
$1,200 CAD


STALKING OWL 42/50
STALKING OWL 42/50
CD18-30
lithograph
22.2 x 30.1 in.
$800 CAD


STALKING OWL 8/50
STALKING OWL 8/50
CD18-30
lithograph
22.2 x 30.1 in.
$800 CAD


AERIAL COURTSHIP 42/50
AERIAL COURTSHIP 42/50
CD18-29
stonecut
24.4 x 13.9 in.
$700 CAD


AERIAL COURTSHIP 8/50
AERIAL COURTSHIP 8/50
CD18-29
stonecut
24.4 x 13.9 in.
$700 CAD


Quvianaqtuq’s parents were both printmaking artists and his grandfather Simeonie Quppapik was a well-known artist, printmaker and typographer. For many years Quvianaqtuk was a well-respected sculpture and his carvings of animals and birds are in many fine collections.

Born on April 15, 1962 in Cape Dorset, NU. Nationality is Inuit