Deep in Thought

Art Type
Original Drawing
Original drawing with pentel pen
Original Drawing
Size (in)
Paper (H x W): 20 x 26 in
Size (cm)
Paper (H x W): 51 x 66 cm
Not Framed, please enquire
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‘Deep in Thought’  by Kenojuak Ashevak —  Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 1976 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.


Condition:          Mild wrinkles and creases throughout.   This drawing is made primarily with pentel marker, which is not a lightfast ink. So over time the colours will noticeably fade if left in direct sunlight. Some colours more noticeable than others, like yellow and black.  However, note that this drawing is already over 42 years old and still gives bold and bright colours.  A good way to preserve this drawing is storing away in a dark and dry place and bring out seasonally placed in a wall with least exposure to sunlight.

I think it is very interesting experience to be holding in your own hands an original piece of paper that such great artist as Kenojuak Ashevak handled, turned, twisted, drew, stored, changed, all from her house and then delivered to West Baffin Eskimo Coop to then deliver to Dorset Fine Arts and that has exchanged hands among many different galleries and art exhibits.  Now available for you to proudly own…

Description by Artist:     No description by artist found.

Notes from DaVic Gallery:   Ashevak’s early drawings had simple and bold forms.  A woman’s face, herself, clearly wearing amauti sits surrounded by an invisible sphere of thoughts and ideas expressed though colourful geometrical figures within her amauti cap.  She is then externally surrounded yet by another invisible sphere of non-geometrical but also colourful figures as if her amauti protects her peace from external distractions.  Often, in Kenojuak’s works we repeatedly see the concept of reflection of images. In this sense, reflected images are sometimes believed to be inua, or the spirit of the man, the animal, or the land.

This drawing very much reminds me of her contemporary Jessie Oonark’s “Power of Thought” design.