Artist of the moment…..Mary Pudlat

Mary Pudlat was a wonderful Inuit graphic artist born in the Povungnituk, Quebec, Canada in the year 1923. Pudlat was made an orphan when she was only a teen. The artist went to live with a brother in the nearby city of Ivujivik.

Eventually made her way to Baffin Island, now famous for its art cooperative in the 1940s.

Got married to Samulie Pudlat in 1943. The couple would live in various nomadic camps for decades.

The couple would move permanently to Cape Dorset, Nunavet Territory, Canada in 1963.

The now famous West Baffin Eskimo Collective was just starting out when the artist arrived with her family.

The artist had a drawing of a bear included in the 1964 Cape Dorset Print collection and this gave her inspiration to further her work. Raising a family became a key priority and Pudlat’s most prolific time as an artist was after her husbands death in 1979. With her husband passed  and children grown up, Pudlat then concentrated  on becoming the best artist she could be.

What I enjoy most about Pudlat’s work is her use of color. Whereas many print masters focus on bright and flat color, its interesting to see in her works the build up and small strokes of color. We might call it Eskimo Impressionism for her wonderful light filled prints!

Mary Pudlat passed away in 2001 at the age of 78 years old.

price range information:  $100 to $1,000.


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