My Birds

Art Type
Original Drawing
Original drawing with pentel pen
Original Drawing
Size (in)
Paper (H x W): 20 x 26 in
Size (cm)
Paper (H x W): 51 x 66 cm
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My Birds by Kenojuak Ashevak —  Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 1976 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.


Condition:          Mild wrinkles and creases throughout.  1″ tear lower edge of paper that is patched with adhesive tape.  This drawing is made primarily with pentel marker, which is not a lightfast ink. So over time the colours will noticeably fade if left in direct sunlight. Some colours more noticeable than others, like yellow and black.  In this drawing we can see purple is fading at faster rate.   However, note that this drawing is already over 42 years old and still gives bold and bright colours.  A good way to preserve this drawing is storing away in a dark and dry place and bring out seasonally placed in a wall with least exposure to sunlight.

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Notes from DaVic Gallery:   Ashevak’s early drawings had simple, bold forms, often featuring birds and creatures metamorphosing into one another…

A woman wearing amauti sits in between and protected by two gulls … as a metaphor for a spiritual journey or mystic enlightenment, flight, or the suggestion of flight, appears in Inuit art with great frequency.  The presence of spirits of the air or ‘winged spirits’ is significant in Inuit shamanism.  In the traditional nomadic, hunting lifestyle, the shaman is the principal healer and visionary. A key to survival, the shaman is the intermediary between the Inuit people and the greater forces. The spirit helper or spirit animal and shaman have the ability to transform, and often appear to fly or to have wings.  Capable of flight, supernatural beings enjoy limitless freedom in the Inuit spirit realm.  In “Peaceful Repose” we see only a partial transformation where the shaman’s legs transform into birds that bring her to a peaceful repose by the helping spirts.  Often, in Kenojuak’s works we repeatedly see the concept of reflection of images. In this sense, reflected images are sometimes believed to be inua, or the spirit of the man, the animal, or the land.

I think it is very interesting experience to be holding in your own hands an original piece of paper that such great artist as Kenojuak Ashevak handled, turned, twisted, drew, stored, changed, all from her house and then delivered to West Baffin Eskimo Coop to then deliver to Dorset Fine Arts and that has exchanged hands among many different galleries and art exhibits.  Now available for you to proudly own…