Ohotaq Mikkigak: Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset Boxed Notecard Assortment
Twenty assorted 5 x 7 in. blank notecards (5 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box
Printed on recycled paper
Published with Dorset Fine Arts
On Baffin Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, 1,200 miles north of Toronto, the artists of Cape Dorset have been making limited-edition original prints since 1959. Diverse media are available to the printmakers—etching and aquatint, woodcut, copper engraving—but the Kinngait Studios’ mainstays are stonecut, stencil, and lithography.
The artists of Cape Dorset are active in the studios from fall through late spring. When the fine summer weather arrives, many of the artists leave the community to return to the land and their traditional camps. The Inuit are determined to retain important elements of their culture—their language and stories, their connection to the Arctic and its resources—while adapting to modern ways.
Ohotaq Mikkigak (1936–2014) began drawing in the early years of the studios’ operation. His first print, Eskimo Fox Trapper, was released in 1961. He then worked for various community agencies until he retired and resumed drawing. He had a solo exhibition of prints and drawings in 2010. Mikkigak’s images on the notecards in this set exemplify the renowned Inuit style from the oldest continually operating print studios in Canada.
Contains 5 each of the following images:
Joyful Loon, 2014
Kunik (Kiss), 2010
Imaginary Owl, 2005
Sprightly Bird, 2013