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i u a pi pu pa ti tu ta ki ku ka gi gu ga mi mu ma ni nu na si su sa li lu la ji ju ja vi vu va ri ru ra qi qu qa ngi ngu nga lhi lhu lha

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Jessie Oonark Oc, Rca , ᔪᓯ ᐃᓇ


UNA (JESSIE OONARK), O.C., R.C.A. (1906-1985)

1960, 15/50

23.75 x 12 in — 60.3 x 30.5 cm

From the Estate of Terry Ryan

Oonark’s first artistic creations were drawings, six of which were sent to James Houston at the West Baffin Co-operative in Cape Dorset / Kinngait. Two of the drawings—Inland Eskimo Woman/Eskimo Woman and Tattooed Faces— were made into single colour stone cut prints under the name of ‘Una’ at the newly established print shop and were included in the 1960 Cape Dorset print collection and catalogue. It was the first and only time the Cape Dorset print shop included work from an Inuk outside Cape Dorset.

More than 100 of Oonark's drawings would be translated into prints and included in the annual Baker Lake collections and catalogues between 1970 and 1985. 

Estimate: $6,000—9,000

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2019-05-27 Waddington's 64 6,000 9,000 6,000.00
2012-11-05 Waddington's 66a 6,000 9,000 9,000.00
2011-11-07 Waddington's 102 7,000 10,000 6,600.00
2010-11-08 Waddington's 258 7,000 10,000 8,400.00

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