Man is a Killer
“Man is a Killer” by Jessie Oonark – Inuit Art from Baker Lake 1982 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
Condition: Edition number “Proof 6/7” and area above Printer syllabic, Paul Toolooktook, besides chop are visibly erased and written over. I have verified that pencil lead and handwriting type to be same as the rest of the print description thus it is a legitimate correction. I sent photographs and discussed with Showroom Manager of Arctic Co-operatives Limited that manage production and distribution of Baker Lake prints the correction issue as well as the rarity of holding an Artist Proof print. This is a rare print in that is not usual to see Baker Lake proof prints in the market as these are normally kept by the publisher. It is possible, and cases are known, that the director at the time could have sold or given away this and other Proof prints, which explains this Proof print. Additionally, being that print descriptions are done by hand, it is not very common, but not unusual to see corrections such as this. One explanation is that the writer may have made a mistake writing the Edition # of a print intended for the market and decided to correct using a Proof # knowing that would remain with the publisher.
There is a faint crease/ fold running diagonally from ¼ lower right edge for 9”. Faint, yellow stain in upper right corner area. Image is not affected
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: Rare print in that this is Proof edition known to not be intended for market distribution and to be kept by the publisher.
Oonark’s interest in clothing designs from various regions is well known. The caribou skin decorations dangling from the tip of this man’s parka hood identify him as coming from the Cambridge Bay area (1983 interview with Marion Jackson). The aggressive pose might well refer to conflict between Inuit from various regions.