‘Running Rabbit’ by Pudlo Pudlat – Inuit Art – Cape Dorset 1963 presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: Very Good condition – Original documented paper size at release of this print edition measures approximately 25 x 19 ½. This print might have been trimmed 1″ height and ½” width. Image, annotations, chop are intact. Print was professionally treated for removal of brown stains caused by humidity, also for treatment of minor splits and tears at the margins of the paper. Some minor staining remains lightly visible that can be visibly hidden by mat backing during framing. Further restoration efforts to completely remove all signs of staining can compromise the integrity of the paper.
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: This very rare and highly sought after 60-year-old print design by Pudlo Pudlat remains in very good condition after careful professional restoration efforts. The image is very clear and paper as clean as it can be. Great find!
Running Rabbit embodies the artist’s enduring legacy as one of the most experimental figures in Inuit art.” Marie Routledge, curator of Inuit art with the National Gallery of Canada, remarks that Pudlo was most effective in his use of negative space, sometimes leaving interior spaces of his drawings white to stand out in a brilliant contrast. One example of this technique can be seen in Eskimo Woman with Ulu, 1960. The same approach is taken here in Running Rabbit. In Running Rabbit, Pudlo has added another uncommon and intriguing visual element where this print presents to the viewer two compositions where with the right side up, we see a rabbit captured in a moment of time running madly, but when the sheet is inverted, we can also see a large walrus, with its tusks, leisurely stretching across the page (photos 5 and 6).
– Thirty Years of Drawing (Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1990), p. 19.
The blank sheet of letter-size (8.5” x 11”) paper covering part of the image in the last picture is for size reference.