Kinngait Studios publishes ‘unique, provocative’ print collection with 13 artists

Kinngait Studios publishes ‘unique, provocative’ print collection with 13 artists

Ningiukulu Teevee’s No Turning Back, a stonemason and stencil piece found in the Cape Dorset annual print collection in 2021. (Image courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts)

‘I think this one is going to be very popular,’ says Will Huffman, marketing manager at Dorset Fine Arts

On the 62ndnd The Cape Dorset annual print collection is expected to be released next month and promises Inuit art lovers a unique and provocative array of artwork, says the president of the studio that releases the prints.

West Baffin Eskimo Co – operative’s Kinngait Studios has been publishing its annual limited collection of prints since 1959. The 2021 collection will be released internationally online and in select galleries on October 16th.

The president of the cooperative, Pauloosie Kowmageak, called this year’s gathering “very unique, skillful and occasionally provocative.”

Spirit Guides by Saimaiyu Akesuk (Image courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts)

“For more than 60 years, Kinngait’s prints have been appreciated by art collectors, and they remain an important part of Inuit’s art identity in Canada and around the world,” Kowmageak said in the Sept. 13 release.

As so much of Kinngait’s work does, the 2021 collection puts a great deal of focus on Arctic wildlife and offers bold and whimsical interpretations of birds, polar bears and caribou.

This year’s collection features 13 artists, including Ohito Ashoona and Ningiukulu Teevee.

Teevee’s art features images of wildlife sports symbols from Inuit or popular culture. Strutting Owl, for example, shows large yellow owl eyes and a beak designed with two high-heeled shoes.

“Some of the stuff is so out there,” said Will Huffman, marketing manager at Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto-based sales arm for Kinngait Studios.

“There has always been energy around the collection. But I think this one is going to be very popular. ”

Festive owl by Ooloosie Saila (image courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts)

Huffman credits the cool collection to artists who have a new space to work in – the Kenojuak Cultural Center in Kinngait, which opened its doors in 2018 – as well as the addition of a new art director, Jordan McQuaid, who brings a new perspective to the printing process.

The COVID-19 pandemic also gave some artists more time to focus on their work, Huffman said.

Typically, the studio considers between 300 and 500 prints for each year’s collection. This year, 32 printouts will be published.

A limited edition of 50 prints of each piece will be sold on October 16th. The Nunatta Sunakkutaagit Museum in Iqaluit is hosting a display of the print collection next month.

You can see the collection 2021 here.

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