Men and Walrus
‘Men and Walrus’ by PARR – Inuit Art – Cape Dorset 1961 print collection by Dorset Fine Arts, presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: Good Condition – This beautiful and rare nearly 60 yr old print has been professionally restored for paper handling and tape marks from previous framing jobs. The original release measured 30” x 20” so this print has been trimmed by 2 ½” vertical perhaps for framing purposes in the past. Image is strong. One small area in lower left area left of title shows puckering of the paper. Some ink run from printing that show as ‘shadow’ below the images of the three bottom right men and just above the title encryption.
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: PARR’s works compare much with Luke Anguhadluq’s works on the rawness and direct first hand representation of a nomadic life of the Inuit. It is interesting to notice this collection of PARR images they all invoke from PARR’s memories as a hunter himself where all situations involve male hunters and animals.
This print may well be one of PARR’s earliest print designs as PARR was first introduced to drawing at already old age in 1961 by Terry Ryan. Amazing stonecut adaptation by Eegyvudluk Pootoogook cleanly arranging 12 figures into a limited rectangular print space. In this design it is clear walrus take the main object of focus where the human figures seem to take a secondary role acting upon walrus in the activity of hunting. Print # 50 of 50, amazing collector find!
Reference picture # 3 for size comparison with letter size paper.