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Night Hunter, 1969

Kenojuak Ashevak
Canadian (Inuit), 1927 - 2013
colour stonecut and stencil on laid japan paper
Printed by Lukta Qiatsuk
60.8 x 86.4 cm; image: 41 x 60 cm approx.
Gift of Dorothy M. Stillwell, M.D., 1985
National Gallery of Canada (no. 29063)
© West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative Ltd.

Kenojuak, probably Cape Dorset's most famous artist, began her career in the late 1950s. Asked once about the predominance of bird images in her work, she explained that they had "no particular significance but that every time she sat down with a clean piece of paper an owl always seemed to come." Concerned primarily with the formal aspects of her drawings - colour, composition - she then added that she was just trying to "make something beautiful, that's all." In "Night Hunter" five colours were applied directly to the stone block, so that when the paper was pressed onto it, they mixed to produce the unique blending and textures that we see here.

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