The Harbinger

Art Type
Cape Dorset 1993
Stonecut & Stencil
Certified Limited Edition Print # 28 of 50 printed by Pee Mikkiga
Size (in)
Paper (H x W): 19 ½ x 24 ½ in
Size (cm)
Paper (H x W): 50 x 62 cm
Not Framed
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The Harbinger by Kenojuak Ashevak, RCA, OC – Inuit Art – Cape Dorset 1993 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.

Condition:           Very Good condition – professionally restored to eliminate visible discoloration of the paper from previous framing, to repair overall handling marks, and to remove the traces of framing tape from top corners. Some faint yellowing of the paper remains slightly visible.

Description by Artist:     No description by artist found.

Notes from DaVic Gallery:   This print reflects a common theme in the art of Kenojuak Ashevak, exploring the animal world of the Arctic: owls, birds, and wolves. The title of this print makes one wonder, who is the harbinger and the harbinger of what? The owl, being the only single animal in the composition, compared to two wolves and two birds, is likely to be that harbinger. While the owl is often regarded as a symbol of wisdom, it is also believed to be the shepherd of spirits of the dead into the afterworld. The obvious symmetry of the print and the distribution of the elements on the print paper creates a balanced, breezy image with the centrally-positioned owl grounding the whole composition.

The blank sheet of letter-size (8.5” x 11”) paper covering part of the image in the last picture is for size reference.

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