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The Enchanted Owl, 1960

Kenojuak Ashevak
Canadian (Inuit), 1927 - 2013
stonecut in red, blue, and black on laid paper
Printed by Eegyvudluk Pootoogook
61 x 66.1 cm; image: 37 x 58.5 cm maximum irregular
Purchased 1961
National Gallery of Canada (no. 9577)
© West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative Ltd.

Reproduced on a postage stamp in 1970 to commemorate the centennial of the Northwest Territories, Kenojuak's "The Enchanted Owl" has become an icon of Canadian art. In contrast to the delicate web of forms she created on other occasions, this image shows the artist taking quite a different approach to "pleasing her eye." Here, the focus is given to a single, boldly designed emblematic figure. This strategy is repeated effectively in a number of other prints and their related drawings - see, for example, "The Woman Who Lives in the Sun" 1960, "The Owl" 1969, "Opiilu Timialu" 1979, and "Spirit of the Raven" 1979.

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