Galerie l'envol du huart
C.P. 2525, Succ. B
The Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection is the première collection of Inuit prints, chronologically and because of its consistently high artistic and technical quality. The very first edition was released in 1959, thanks largely to the enterprising spirit of James Houston, the WWII veteran, artist and visionary, who in the late 1940's discovered both the artistry of the Inuit people and their dire economic circumstances. He helped found the Co-operative system, researched print-making technology in Japan, and as goverrnment administrator in Cape Dorset for ten years, encouraged and recruited the first generation of artists in the modern era of Inuit art. It was a period of great social change, when this ingenious and talented people transitioned from living off the land on the tundra to a life within newly established settlements. The prints below are in the chronological order of their release date, from 1974 to 2011. Certain limited-edition prints were not released immediately, or, not yet sold out, were rereleased in subsequent years. Cape Dorset limited-edition graphic works are produced by hand in the Co-op print shop. Currently, its artists and printers employ refined techniques to create stonecuts, lithographs and copper etchings of the highest quality.