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The bidding history list updated on: Tuesday, July 16, 2024 01:50:46

LOT 209

1906 - 1985

stonecut and stencil on paper
signed in syllabics, titled, editioned 36/50, dated 1970, inscribed "Oonark, Manik" and stamped with the Sanavik Arctic Cooperative seal and on verso inscribed "2004"
31 1/8 x 21 5/8 in, 79.1 x 54.9 cm

Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000 CAD

Sold for: $6,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

A Prominent Private Collection

Baker Lake Print Collection, Edmonton Art Gallery, 1970, reproduced front cover
Jean Blodgett and Marie Bouchard, Jessie Oonark: A Retrospective, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1986 - 1988, reproduced page 112
Sheila Butler, “The First Printmaking Year at Baker Lake,” The Beaver, Spring 1976, page 25
Darlene Coward Wight, Creation and Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art, 2012, catalogue #43
Bernadette Driscoll, The Inuit Amautik: I Like My Hood To Be Full, 1980, page 67
Bernadette Driscoll et al., Baker Lake: Prints and Print-Drawings, 1970-76, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1983, reproduced page 71
Helga Goetz, The Inuit Print, National Museum of Man, Ottawa, 1977, catalogue #114, reproduced page 201
Inuit Art Quarterly, vol. 3, no. 3, Summer 1988, reproduced front cover
Alma Houston, ed., Inuit Art: An Anthology, 1988, page 109
Ernst Roch, Arts of the Eskimo: Prints, 1974, page 196-197, reproduced

The National Museum of Man, The Inuit Print, touring exhibition, 1977, same image
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Baker Lake: Prints and Print-Drawings, 1970-76, 1983, catalogue G-70-602, same image
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Jessie Oonark: A Retrospective, touring exhibition, 1986 - 1988, same image

Jessie Oonark is celebrated for her bold use of colour and design, and “Woman” is a quintessential example of her unique style. The iconic print features vivid hues and flat planes that are outlined in black, creating a dynamic visual impact. This technique, rooted in her background in textile arts, emphasizes bold outlines and bright colours, resulting in a composition that is both modern and timeless.

The Baker Lake printshop debut into graphic art featured this very print on its catalogue cover, highlighting its significance and appeal. The interplay of geometry, abstraction and symmetry brings to life the image of a woman in her winter dress. The brilliant colours accentuate the contrasting shades of what would have been caribou skin, expertly assembled into traditional parka designs. With her calm demeanor and outstretched arms, she epitomizes the essence of warmth, caregiving and cultural heritage.

Printmaker: Thomas Mannik

Please note: this work is unframed.

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