‘Family’ by Luke Anguhadluq – Inuit Art – Baker Lake 1978 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: Very good condition – professionally treated for paper handling marks, removal of tapes from previous framing job, and paper discoloration.
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: It is not common to see a serigraph on Japanese kozo type paper. In fact, this is the only recorded serigraph ever produced by the printer and cutter David Mannik as he would more commonly use stencil. Luke Anguhadluq has 78 recorded prints, of which 18 of them are serigraphs, mostly on the commonly used thicker arches or BFK rives type paper. Stonecut and Stencil seemed to be Luke’s preferred printing method. It is for these reasons that even though it is recorded as Serigraph I tend to believe this may be a Stonecut.
Interesting to see represented in this composition common behaviour and family attachments frequently seen too in Western family units. Two children, one older than the other with the smaller one reaching to his mother’s hand and the father not too involved in family affairs and fulfilling the role as protector and provider. The mother with traditional face tattoos takes the most prominent position in this composition at the front and larger in size too. The children, although the smaller child is reaching to his mother’s hand, appear to be farthest back in distance and this is seen as where they stand is higher than the mother. Then the father stands also behind the mother but closer than the children.