OCTOBER 20, 2018 will be the first day of confirmed sales from the Autumn 2018 Cape Dorset Collection (contact us in early September to place a pre-release reservation - we'll be in touch with you on/after October 20, 2018 to confirm if your reservation was successful). Images of the new collection will be posted online as soon as they are available in early September. For the most popular editions from this years' release, we will secure additional work in December (you are welcome to join our waitlist if the edition is already sold out in October). The annual collection has been released since 1959.
The online preview this year will commence on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.
In the News: The new, modern Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop (Cape Dorset) officially opens September 5, 2018. Sharing a link to a 7-minute video that explains the project and features a number of artists including the late Tim Pitsiulak. Click for Link to Video.
We've added a convenient new Calgary order pickup option for our Customers. Place your order online and contact us to request 'in person West Calgary pickup'. When your order is confirmed, we will discuss your preferred date/time of pickup and provide you with a release number to pick up your item at the UPS Store at Westhills Mall, Calgary SW. Enjoy free parking and easy drive-up access in front of the storefront (transit options also nearby). The regular courier option is still available (complimentary in many cases). Or visit us by appointment at our office (downtown Calgary in Bankers Hall), or meet with us across Canada during exhibitions, appraisal days, special events or by request/projects.
"Annie Pootoogook (b. 1969, Kinngait, Nunavut, Canada, d. 2016, Ottawa, Ontario Canada) comes from a long line of artists in Cape Dorset (known today as Kinngait) and began drawing in 1997. Within a decade, she became the catalyst for an explosion of creativity originating from Kinngait Studios. Her drawings challenged conventional expectations of ‘Inuit’ graphic art". Click for link to article in the news.
"The artwork of Cape Dorset Inuit artist Kananginak Pootoogook (1935-2010) will be included in the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, taking place 13 May to 26 November 2017 in Venice, Italy. The Biennale Arte is one of the world's largest and most prestigious international art exhibitions. Pootoogook is the first Inuit artist to participate in this significant visual art event, enhancing the global profile of Cape Dorset artists and reinforcing the role of Inuit art on the international stage. Kananginak Pootoogook will be represented by a selection of 10 drawings and among these pieces are some of his later ink and coloured pencil on paper works, which depict the material culture of the Inuit". Source: DFA
"Kenojuak Ashevak's stonecut print Owl's Bouquet from 2007 is part of a commemorative bank note celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Bank of Canada unveiled the $10 bank note at its head office in Ottawa on 7 April 2017. Several members of the Ashevak family were present at this important event. Another highlight of the gathering was a display of the original print from which the bank note element was reproduced. Dorset Fine Arts gifted a studio proof to the Bank of Canada's permanent collection. This is the first time that work by an Inuit artist has appeared on a bank note and only the second time that original visual art has been included in a composition".
"Starting 1 June 2017, the Bank of Canada will enter into circulation; 40 million of these commemorative bank notes will be distributed through financial institutions to be broadly available across Canada by 1 July". Source: DFA