Man Killing Seal
‘Man Killing Seal’ by Akesuk Tudlik – Inuit Art – Cape Dorset 1961 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Condition: Very Good condition – Professionally restored for paper handling marks throughout, minor discoloration and yellowing of the paper as well as tape removal from previous framing. Restoration work was successful resulting in a very beautifully clean and flattened print.
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: Beautiful and very well preserved heavily inked print by Tudlik. This is print # 1 of an edition of 50. Tudlik died in 1966 and his art clearly shows less modern or western influence with a more “raw” approach to his view of life. This seal hunter is clearly having a very good day and his family and village will eat. Seal hunters would stand hours on end by a breathing hole in hopes that a seal may emerge for some air. The abstraction of this faceless hunter’s shape is interesting with upper body disproportionately larger than his lower body; legs are much narrower below the knees even though hunter most likely is wearing boots; right arm clearly much larger than left arm. Even though both hunter and seal are dark and faceless, this image clearly depicts dominance of the hunter over the seal. There is no part of the seal that will not be used with skin used for making boots, meat to eat, fat for quliq, bones for tools.
Reference picture # 7 for size comparison with letter size paper sheet.