TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Waddington's opens its Fall 2014 Season with the November 17th Auction of Inuit Art. Celebrating 36 years in the Inuit art market, Waddington's is pleased to present 334 works of Inuit art from some of the most important artists in Canada.
Catering to a diverse audience of collectors, Inuit Art Specialist Christa Ouimet has assembled an auction drawing from across a wide spectrum of artists, including major works by Jessie Oonark, Parr, Pauta Saila, Osuituk Ipeelee, Karoo Ashevak, and Davidialuk Alasua Amittu, representing works on paper, sculpture, and textiles.
Ouimet notes that Northern Quebec artist Davidialuk (1910-1976) is considered to have been one of the last great storytellers. From a singular stone mass, Davidialuk's "Figures on a Sleeping Platform" is a dramatic telling of violence, survival, and legend. Pre-sale estimate for this work is $10,000 – 15,000. Another important work in the auction is Karoo Ashevak's whimsical depiction of a bird guarding a nest of eggs, delicately sculpted from whalebone. Karoo's distinct contemporary style is at its best in this work, which has a pre-sale estimate of $18,000 – 22,000.
The auction also includes three powerful prints from the Kinngait (Cape Dorset) experimental collection in 1958, and several early images by Kenojuak Ashevak. Internationally acclaimed, the Order of Canada recipient was also recognized by the search engine Google, which displayed a special doodle on its Canadian home page on October 3, 2014 for what would have been her 87th birthday.
Ouimet adds that in addition to works by favoured artists, the auction also includes works by several unidentified artists. "It is important to ensure that the utmost effort has been undertaken to credit the appropriate artist for their creation, however as is the case with many works of Inuit art, a portion remains unattributed – but these works are no less admired by collectors."
Duncan McLean, President of Waddington's, and leading Inuit art expert says, "Waddington's has been instrumental in creating new markets for Inuit art since our first auction in 1978. We have been at the forefront of the development of the market and we are passionate about both the art form and the culture of the Canadian Arctic."
Dates and Times
Monday, November 17, 6 pm
Saturday, November 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday, November 16, 11 am – 5 pm
Monday, November 17, 10 am – 12 noon
Special Presentation Co-sponsored by Adventure Canada
Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 3 pm
"Where does Inuit Tradition Live Today?"
Dr. Anna Hudson, Associate Professor, Department of Visual Art & Art History, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University.
Waddington's is the Canada's most diversified provider of auction and appraisal services. Waddington's offers live and online auctions of fine art and collectibles across a broad spectrum of markets, including Canadian, Inuit, Asian and International and Contemporary art, as well as Decorative arts and Jewellery. A full-service company with respected subject matter expertise, Waddington's is also the leading expert on providing appraisal and downsizing services. Waddington's international network of clients and contacts ensures our auctions and services reach the broadest possible audiences.
Waddington's Fall Auction Season continues with:
Canadian Fine Art – November 24, 2014
Asian Art – December 1, 2014
Fine Jewellery – December 2, 2014
Decorative Arts – December 9, 10, 2014
Decorative Arts & International Art – December 10, 2014
Image with caption: "Osuitok Ipeelee, Cape Dorset (CNW Group/Waddingtons.ca)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141114_C6215_PHOTO_EN_8065.jpg
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