Spirit of the Wolf, Ningeeuga Oshuitoq, Cape Dorset Inuit Art, 1979

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This vision of the Canadian artist Ningeeuga Oshuitoq (1918-1980) reflects the strong female spirit of the Inuit woman and her closeness with Nature and the spirit world.

This limited edition stonecut and stencil print is #13 of 50 from the 1979 Annual Collection of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative at Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada.. It is signed in syllabics by the artist and the print maker, and it has the Cape Dorset West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative logo of the red igloo to guarantee its authenticity. Along the bottom in pencil, written in English, are the title, the medium, the edition number, the place and date of production, and the artist's name.

Ningeeuga Oshuitoq lived the first half of her life in the traditional Inuit way of wintering in an igloo and summering in a tent, and existing off the provisions of the land and sea and through trade. In the 1960s when the Canadian government built wooden homes for the Inuit of Baffin Island to combat the tuberculosis epidemic there, she moved into one of the new dwellings, joined the artists' Co-operative and began to draw in colored pencils on paper. By this time, the settlement of Cape Dorset (now Kinngait) had become a flourishing center for Inuit art, and Ningeeuga, in her 50s, became a successful, self-taught artist.

She drew memories of her childhood, her traditional Inuit way of life, birds, animals, and her spiritual visions. She became one of the most successful and admired artists of her clever generation. Her works are in the Canadian Museum of Civilization and in other public collections throughout Canada and in Texas, Alaska, and Massachusetts.

This print is hand-pulled from the stone slab cut by the Inuit print-maker directly from Ningeeuga's art, so each print is unique in its own right. It is printed on high quality French art paper. This print is now archival-mounted and framed in a quality black wooden frame with anti-glare, UV-resistant Museum Glass. The print is floating on its mount and measures 30.5 inches x 24 inches. The overall measurements of the frame are listed below.

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    Ningeeuga Oshuitoq (Artist)
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    Place of Origin
    Excellent. New mounting, frame and glass. Good, clear impression with no discoloring of paper..
    Wear consistent with age and use
    28 in. H x 33.5 in. W x 1.5 in. D
    71 cm H x 85 cm W x 4 cm D
    Seller Location
    Quechee, VT
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