Waddington’s Major Inuit Art Auction

This auction will be conducted live Wednesday, September 16 at 7 pm
Previews are available by appointment.


JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976), Povungnituk / Puvirnituq
Estimate $140,000-$160,000

Featuring exceptional works by Ennutsiak, Joe Talirunili, Kenojuak Ashevak, Jessie Oonark, Pauta Saila, Shuvinai Ashoona, and Pauta Saila, our September Inuit Art auction is an impressive mix of important historic and contemporary works. Of note is the Migration Boat by Talirunili, and a red-tailed Enchanted Owl by Kenoujak. Also featured are three sculptures by Pauta Saila, representing the span of the artist’s career, as well as an excellent selection of 1959 and early 1960s Cape Dorset prints, amongst many other works.

Featured Works
Waddington’s is honoured to offer another work from Joe Talirunili’s suite of Migration Boats in this auction. Based on Talirunili’s own retelling of his family and community’s journey by a makeshift boat to safety, each iteration of the boat is sculpted to focus on a slightly different aspect of the tale. In this example, it is Joe’s grandmother standing tall as the boat approaches land. This lot includes a photograph of the artist sculpting this boat, as well as a letter written by Joe in syllabics explaining the origins of his famous Migration Boat.


KENOJUAK ASHEVAK, C.C., R.C.A. (1927-2013), Cape Dorset / Kinngait
Estimate: $100,000-$120,000

The Enchanted Owl is arguably one of the most iconic Canadian images. Created by Kenojuak Ashevak during the first three years of the printmaking endeavour in Kinngait, it is exceptional for its aesthetic and technical expertise. Now greatly sought after, The Enchanted Owl remains a rare and classic image that launched an unforgettable era in Canadian art history.

About the Auction
This auction will be conducted live on Wednesday, September 16 at 7 pm ET. The auction will be live streamed on Waddington’s YouTube channel. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to accommodate physical attendance at the auction.

Bidders may participate via absentee and telephone bidding, or real-time online bidding through Invaluable. Visit our website for more information or contact us at info@waddingtons.ca

About Waddington’s
Waddington’s is Canada’s most diversified provider of auction and appraisal services, conducting live and online auctions of Asian, Canadian, Inuit and Indigenous, International and Contemporary Art, as well as Decorative Arts & Design, Fine Jewellery and Fine Wine & Spirits.

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For more information:
Tess McLean
Tel: 416.504.9100
Email: tm@waddingtons.ca
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