Caribou, Winter Light, 1959
stencil in blue and black on wove paper
Printed by Osuitok Ipeelee
20.1 x 33.1 cm; image: 15.1 x 26.5 cm
Gift of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 1989
National Gallery of Canada (no. 36544)
© West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative Ltd.
"Caribou, Winter Light" is one of nine images by Niviaksiak published in Cape Dorset's first print collection. Its making involved not only the artist but also Joanasie Salamonie, who cut the stencils, and Lukta Qiatsuk and Osuitok Ipeelee, who printed the edition of 30. This collaborative production continues in most Inuit print studios. Following these early experiments, stencil printmaking has been sometimes combined with stonecut printing but also developed as an independent medium.