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Jamasie Pitseolak, The Student

Jamasie Pitseolak, The Student (2010), hand-painted dry-point etching [Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 20-Jul 25]

Stonecut to Sugar-Lift: Inuit Prints
from the 1960s to the Present

Marion Scott Gallery
Vancouver BC – Jun 20-Jul 25, 2015

Shuvinai Ashoona, Inner Worlds

Shuvinai Ashoona, Inner Worlds (2014), lithograph [Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 20-Jul 25]

Parr, Geese, Dog & Walrus

Parr, Geese, Dog & Walrus (1963), stonecut [Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 20-Jul 25]

Now approaching its 40th year, the Marion Scott Gallery continues to present works in a range of media by contemporary Inuit artists from such communities as Cape Dorset and Baker Lake. Some of these exhibitions focus on the work of single artists; others are group shows, generally organized by theme. The theme of the current exhibition is technique – stonecut printmaking, lithography and drypoint and sugar-lift etching.

While stone cutting was for years the medium of choice of many Northern artists, sugar-lift etching is a relatively recent (and less strenuous) practice. The result is a looser, more gestural image than the rigid and at times austere prints that often come to mind when we think of Inuit art.

A highlight of the exhibition is a hand-painted, dry-point etching by Jamasie Pitseolak, born in 1968 in Cape Dorset. The Student (2010) depicts a child in left-profile sitting at the tap end of a bathtub. An adult figure stands outside the tub at the opposite end, looking at the child’s back. Across the image are a series of diagonal slashes. When these marks reach the adult, they are met with opposing slashes, creating a cross-hatch effect – Pitseolak’s rendering of the abuse he received while attending federal day school in Cape Dorset.

Michael Turner















Kenojuak Ashevak, Sedna's Journey

Kenojuak Ashevak, Sedna's Journey (2011),  sugar-lift etching, hand-painted by Harold Klunder [Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 20-Jul 25]

Kellypalik Mungitok, Sea Gulls on Arctic Ice

Kellypalik Mungitok, Sea Gulls on Arctic Ice (1960), stencil [Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 20-Jul 25]

Josie Papialuk, Baby Ptarmigans With Their Mother

Josie Papialuk, Baby Ptarmigans With Their Mother (1975), stonecut [Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 20-Jul 25]


 Mon, Jun 8, 2015