Douglas & McIntyre
Inuit Art

Book details:

September 2002
ISBN 978-1-55054-829-7
Paperback - Trade
6 1/2" x 11"
208 pages
Art / Aboriginal Art
$45.00 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Inuit Art

An Introduction

By: Ingo Hessel
Photographs by: Dieter Hessel
The Inuit of the Canadian Arctic have created a contemporary art form that is recognized and appreciated around the world for its power and exquisite beauty, an art that embodies the harsh arctic environment and a unique way of life, as well as traditional myths and beliefs. Engaging and authoritative, Inuit Art: An Introduction explores Inuit art from historical, cultural and aesthetic perspectives. The engrossing story begins with an outline of the roots of Inuit art in prehistoric times and through the historical period that began with the arrival of Europeans in the sixteenth century. The emergence of Inuit art as we know it came about in the late 1940s, partly through the encouragement of writer and artist James Houston, who also introduced printmaking to Inuit artists. Inspired by his support, Inuit artists quickly brought their art to life, attracting a wide audience almost overnight, and they have continued to develop and refine their work over the past fifty years. To enrich our understanding of the art, Ingo Hessel also provides descriptions of techniques and materials.

About the Author

Ingo Hessel

Ingo Hessel began working with Inuit art at the federal government’s Inuit Art Information Centre in 1983. He has taught Inuit art courses at the university ...

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