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823587 15-Jun-2021 04:18:11 PM $8,000
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823587 12-Jun-2021 02:04:12 PM $4,000
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LOT h002

1961 -
Canadian Indigenous

Untitled (Aquatic Scene)
graphite, coloured pencil and ink on paper, 2019
signed in syllabics
33 x 50 1/2 in, 83.8 x 128.3 cm

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

Sold for: $10,000

Preview at: Vancouver Art Gallery, 4th Floor

Donated by Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver
Courtesy of the Artist and Dorset Fine Arts

The daughter of the well-known sculptor Kiawak Ashoona and granddaughter of the late Pitseolak Ashoona, the great graphic artist Shuvinai Ashoona was born in 1961 in Cape Dorset on Baffin Island. Her own career started in the mid-1990s when she began making drawings for the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, in a style that was often startlingly different from other Cape Dorset graphic expression. Ashoona’s reputation as a contemporary Canadian and Indigenous artist has steadily grown over the years, and her works are included in several prominent institutional collections, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Uncanny, humorous and disquieting, Ashoona’s often dream-like imagery erases the distinctions between the natural and spirit worlds. Many of the artist’s images include fantastical monster-like creatures, while others portray people and planets orbited by a range of beings, both animal and human. Aquatic mammals living in harmonious diversity have long been a recurring motif in Ashoona’s oeuvre, as exemplified by her delightful Untitled (Aquatic Scene), which features a walrus and a pair of seals grazing on geoduck clams along the ocean floor. These animals share the space with sea creatures drawn from the artist’s imagination, including several small fish and an octopus-like creature.

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