CAPE DORSET ORIGINAL DRAWINGS

Until recently the purpose of an original drawing in Cape Dorset was primarily a source of imagery for the print program. In the 1950’s James Houston introduced the traditional Japanese woodblock practice of Ukiyo-e, where an artist’s drawing is given to a master printer to create a print edition. This method required a good stock of Inuit drawings to choose from and the newly established West Baffin Eskimo Co-op distributed papers and pencils to anyone in the community who was interested in trying their hand at it. The success of the Cape Dorset annual print collections has ensured a continual demand for Inuit drawings.

You can also browse the available drawings at

Dorset Fine Arts

and contact Nanooq for pricing and purchases. 

Please quote the “drawing number” and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

New drawings are added frequently to their website so check back often for their current inventory.

Narwhales

$1,000.00 $1,000.00

Narwhales

ITEE POOTOOGOOK

Pencil

2006/07

50.9 x 66.8 cm

(Paper has slight imperfections and there are faint smudges)

Untitled (Sun Owl)

$800.00 $800.00

Untitled (Sun Owl)

IYOLA KINGWATSIAK

Coloured pencil, ink

1992/93

50.8 x 66 cm

(Note – due to age of this drawing, there is a small smudge in lower left-hand corner, but it does not take away from its beauty)

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