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.

The Inuit drawings featured here represent a small sample of what is available.

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. 

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