DORSET FINE ARTS
Dorset Fine Arts was established in Toronto in 1978 as the wholesale marketing division of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. The Co-operative is in Cape Dorset, Nunavut and is unique among the Arctic Co-operatives for its focus on the arts and artists of the community. The Annual Graphics Collection from Cape Dorset has been released since 1959 and the Co-operative also represents many acclaimed sculptors and drawing artists. Dorset Fine Arts was established to develop and serve the market for Inuit fine art produced by the artist members of the Co-operative. Sales and exhibitions of prints, drawings and sculptures are made through the Dorset Fine Arts showroom in Toronto to galleries around the world.
AXANGAYUK SHAA 1937 – 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Axangayuk Shaa, one of Cape Dorset’s finest artists. Best known for his carvings of dancing animals, particularly the walrus, his earlier sculptures focused on spirits, shamans and traditional camp life.
Axangayuk began carving in the mid 1950’s at the behest of James Houston and over the next 60 years he created some of the most sought after and admired work of his generation.
Axangayuk was a natural sculptor and a proponent of sculpture in the round, emphasizing the qualities of volume, space and texture in his carvings. His subjects were suggested by the shape of the stone and although he shunned details, his work was imbued with a dynamic energy and dramatic expression. Blessed with a robust constitution, Axangyauk continued working up until the last few months of his life.
Axangayuk was often asked to try his hand at drawing or printmaking but he preferred the physical process of carving stone. He did however create one of the most successful prints in the history of the Cape Dorset Annual Print collection, a 1961 stone cut titled ‘Wounded Caribou.’ Last year he hearkened back to that image, creating one of the most popular prints of the 2018 collection as well as a series of original drawings and etchings.
Axangayuk was a quiet, kind and dignified man with a dry wit and an infectious smile. He will be missed by his family, his many friends and neighbors in the community and by all those who appreciate Inuit art.
Visual Guide to Cape Dorset Graphic Artists
CAPE DORSET ANNUAL INUIT ART CALENDAR
Dorset Fine Arts has been producing an annual calendar since the early 1970's and distributes to galleries around the world.
Members of the public can purchase the calendars through any one of our LISTED GALLERIES
Cape Dorset, a small hamlet of about 1200 people in the high Arctic is one of Canada’s most successful and prolific art communities. Every year for the past 59 years the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative has released to the public its collection of fine art limited edition prints. The annual unveiling of new stonecuts, etchings and lithographs is anticipated by serious collectors and avid enthusiasts all over the world. Another perennial event that many people eagerly look forward to is the launch of the Cape Dorset Inuit Art calendar, where each year highlights 12 outstanding prints from previous years.
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