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Kenojuak Ashevak C.C., R.C.A.,, ᑭᓄᔭᐊ ᐊᓯᕗ


KENOJUAK ASHEVAK, C.C., R.C.A. (1927-2013), ᑭᓄᔭᐊ ᐊᓯᕗ, CAPE DORSET / KINNGAIT

stonecut, 1963, 28/50, Good condition, no visible issues to report.

22 x 26.5 in — 55.9 x 67.3 cm

Private Collection, Peterborough, ON
Private Collection, Toronto, ON

There is something quite fitting about Kenojuak, the grande dame of Inuit Art, representing her dreams in sharp relief. While the rest of us stumble around in the haze, Kenojuak’s crystalline vision appears to have extended deep into her subconscious. It is reported that Kenojuak would only rarely lift her hand off of the surface on which she was drawing, so assured was she in her composition, line and vision. This is evident in the sinuous lines of the animals, notably the fluidity of the birds at the top of the composition, which seems to stretch across the sky as if in slow motion. The viewer is left wondering if they are observing the artist within her dream—perhaps represented by the central figure dressed in an amaut—or are seeing through her eyes.

Estimate: $10,000—15,000

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2021-05-13 Waddington's 47 10,000 15,000 15,600.00
2016-08-25 Waddington's 121 300 500 252.00
2009-11-09 Waddington's 5 400 600 720.00
2008-11-10 Waddington's 186 6,000 9,000 9,600.00
2008-09-18 Waddington's 5 250 350 534.00
2007-04-23 Waddington's 3 300 500 480.00

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