Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration

Early Printmaking in the Canadian Arctic

Author/Illustrator/Editor: Norman Vorano

Some fifty years ago, the remote Inuit community of Cape Dorset in the Canadian Arctic was introduced to the ancient traditions of Japanese printmaking by a Canadian artist, James Houston, who had studied printmaking in Japan with the revered master printmaker Un?chi Hiratsuka. The remarkable story of that artistic encounter and its extraordinary results are the focus of this groundbreaking exhibition catalogue. With two major essays and detailed captions, the book features 49 exquisite and rare artworks (including Inuit prints from 1957 to 1963 and Japanese prints that were brought to Cape Dorset in 1959, as well as never-before-seen works by James Houston), and shows how Cape Dorset graphic artists selectively borrowed and actively transformed Japanese influences. It includes the voice of Cape Dorset printmaker Kananginak Pootoogook, as well as previously unpublished historic photographs from Japan and Cape Dorset. Dr. Norman Vorano is the Curator of Contemporary Inuit Art at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. A graduate of the Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, New York, his areas of research include historic and contemporary Inuit arts from across Canada, with wider interests in North American Indigenous arts. He is on the Board of the Native American Art Studies Association and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. He is currently producing an exhibition and catalogue on contemporary artists from Cape Dorset.

Canadian Museum of History
DateISBNBISAC CodeThemaRights available
01/01/20119780660199702HISTORY / Asia / JapanWorld rights available
EnglishPaperback / softback9 in x 10 inC$29.95100