Men Pulling a Walrus
‘Men Pulling a Walrus’ by PARR – Inuit Art – Cape Dorset 1964 print collection by Dorset Fine Arts, presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: Print to be professionally flattened. Shows some minor buckling by previous framing.
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.
The source for this print is a drawing by Parr that is considerably more complex; the lower two-thirds of the drawing depicts another hunter and various other animals. To compare the print and print drawing, see Labarge (1986, pp. 28-29). This practice of plucking images from larger compositions was not uncommon in the early years of Cape Dorset printmaking. In any case, Men Pulling a Walrus works really well as a print. The stonecut is remarkably faithful to the feeling of the drawing; stonecuts from Parr drawings always are, and work really well. By focusing our attention on the strenuous effort of the hunters as they drag the enormous walrus, the Cape Dorset print shop allowed us to appreciate a powerful and dynamic image that would have otherwise remained hidden or overlooked. – Ingo Hessel.