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. In 1992, over 100,000 of the drawings purchased over the past 35 years were delivered to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, an Inuit art gallery outside Toronto to be properly documented and cared for.
The featured Inuit drawings on nanooq.ca represent a small sample of what we have available. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please contact the gallery. We will do our best to source other works of art for you, based on your specifications.
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