FEBRUARY 4, 1916

INUIT ARTIST PUDLO PUDLAT BORN

Born on Baffin Island, Northwest Territories, Pudlat was one of the most original modern Inuit artists.  Initially a hunter and fisherman, in the late 1950s, he came to Cape Dorset to recover from tuberculosis.  With James Houston, director of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative, he started out carving, but an arm injury made him switch to drawing around 1960.  Pudlat made prints, painted with acrylics, and drew with graphite pencils, colored pencils and felt-tip markers.  His drawings reflect the juxtapositions occurring where modern technology interact with the traditional semi-nomadic Inuit lifestyle and the resulting changes in that lifestyle that Pudlo witnessed.  In one drawing, a muskox rider lassoes an airplane; in another, a loon steers a motorboat.  Of his 4,500 drawings, some 200 have been turned into prints and sculptures.  Pudlat’s work is in most Canadian museums, including the National Gallery of Canada, as well as those in the U.S. and Europe.  Pudlat died December 28, 1992, in Cape Dorset.

Source:  Maria Muehlen, “Pudlo Pudlat,” The Canadian Encyclopedia, 2/7/2006.  Retrieved 6/6/2019 , http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/pudlo-pudlat/
Photo:  Author and date unknown.  Fair use: This is not being used for profit and is done for educational purposes only.  Further Fair Use justification provided upon request.  Source:  http://www.postmafineart.com/pudlo-pudlat.html

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