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Cape Dorset Prints, A Retrospective: Fifty years of printmaking at the Kinngait Studios


  • Medium: hardcover
  • Size: 10.75 × 11 inches, 304 pages
  • Reference Code: LBR2007-01


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Since the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative was formed in Cape Dorset in 1959, the artists of this Baffin Island community have made over one hundred thousand original drawings and thousands of limited edition prints. The original catalyst for this artistic outpouring was a government program designed to encourage the production and sale of Inuit handicrafts. Cape Dorset Prints: A Retrospective is the first book to tell the story of the Kinngait Studios’ fifty-year history, through thirteen essays by the artists, visiting artists, art historians, and Co-op founders.

With their images of the many species of Arctic wildlife, shamans, hunters, and traditional camp life, the Cape Dorset graphic artists convey the mystique of Canada’s far north. Using stonecut, engraving, lithography, and other printmaking media, these images speak eloquently of the natural rhythms of the Arctic environment, narrating not only the interplay between species but also the growing modernization of the Cape Dorset community.

Over 200 full-colour reproductions and black-and-white photographs.

Leslie Boyd Ryan

Leslie Boyd Ryan has been employed by the West Baffin Co-operative for more than twenty-five years. She has lived and worked in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, and, more recently, Toronto, where she is director of the Co-op’s marketing office, Dorset Fine Arts. She holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University in Toronto, where she studied the history of the co-operative movement in northern Canada. She has published several essays in exhibition catalogues and was guest curator of the travelling exhibition “Napachie Pootoogook,” which opened at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 2004.

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