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Blue Musk-ox, 1979

Pudlo Pudlat
Canadian (Inuit), 1916 - 1992
colour lithograph on wove paper
Printed by Pitseolak Niviaqsi
56.2 x 76.1 cm
Gift of Dorothy M. Stillwell, M.D., 1985
National Gallery of Canada (no. 29078)
© West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative Ltd.

Around the mid-1970s, Pudlo had the opportunity to experiment with various new media - acrylic painting and lithography, in particular. One effect of these encounters seems to have been a greater awareness of the full surface and shape of the paper on which Pudlo constructed his images. Forms, such as this musk-ox, no longer needed to be centred on the page. Indeed, the artist could add a sense of snapshot immediacy, or even mystery, by cutting off his figures, as if they were literally walking on or off the page.

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