‘Many Rabbits’ by Luke Anguhadluq – Inuit Art – Baker Lake 1980 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: Very Good condition – Professionally restored for faint discoloration from previous framing along margins of the paper. Also for faint staining that was and remains lightly visible in lower mid area of the paper and top right area of the paper.
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: Luke Anguhadluq was in his sixties when he relocated to the settlement of Qamani’tuaq, after living a traditional lifestyle that included hunting and fishing. For this reason, many of his compositions include representations of the animals that sustained his camp and are represented in his artworks commonly seen as communities. This is not an exception though it is not as common to see rabbits in his compositions as we’re more prepared to expect caribou, or geese, or fish, or single muskox. Speaking of caribou, it is possible to feel misled thinking these are caribou at first impression until one sees the ears, and of course the title.
It is interesting to notice the attention paid to symmetry in this composition with nine rabbits on the left and nine rabbits on the right with one yellow rabbit playfully interrupting the balance between yellow and blue rabbits. Even the lowest row of rabbits, we observe three triangularly aligned yellow rabbits on the left and three triangularly aligned blue rabbits. Another thing to notice is that all the eight blue rabbits are smaller than the ten yellow rabbits and perhaps the intention is to depict baby rabbits following the parents.
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