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Niviaxie

(1908 -  1959 )
niviaxie Two Bears Hunting

Waddington's /May 30, 2016
6,000.00 - 9,000.00
6,536.64

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Extracted between 29 works in the catalog of Arcadja
 Niviaxie - Eskimo Summer Tent

Niviaxie - Eskimo Summer Tent

Original 1959
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Lot number: 1
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Lot 1 NIVIAXIE, CAPE DORSET/KINNGAIT ESKIMO SUMMER TENT sealskin stencil 1959, 28/50 unframed 15.75 ins x 14.75 ins; 40 cms x 37.5 cms Note: Niviaxie, also known as Niviaksiak, was an excellent stone carver and hunter. The artist was said to be a thinker, enjoying periods of solitude on his little island camp where he would disappear to for weeks at a time. He and his wife Kunu were raising five children when he tragically died during an unusual hunting accident (see lot 42 for more detail). That very same year Kunu had to leave her family to travel south for treatment for tuberculosis. One can only imagine what a strenuous time it was for this family. Only 50 years old, Niviaksiak passed away before the official release of the 1959 Cape Dorset graphics collection, to which he contributed nine brilliant images. Of those, were some of the most striking of the entire 1959 collection. His prints demonstrate his innate ability to create simple yet exquisite images using graceful lines while conveying an intimacy in everyday subject matter. Kunu was a graphic artist as well. Her small, charming print, Girl with Skin Line was also included in the 1959 graphics collection. Her artwork would have had to sustain the family after the loss of her husband. Niviaksiak conceived a number of uncatalogued and experimental images as well as two posthumous prints in the 1960 graphics collection
 Niviaxie - E7-1077

Niviaxie - E7-1077

Original 1958
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Lot number: 102
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Description: NIVIAXIE (1908-1959), E7-1077, Cape Dorset CARIBOU AND YOUNG, stonecut, 1958, 15/30, unframed, 9.5" x 14.5" - 24.1 x 36.8 cm. Note: Although Kananginak's name is the only one written on the prints and HBC list (Kudlalak on proofs and experiments) Terry Ryan attributes the work to Niviaksiak and cites Kananginak as the printer. Barz, Sandra B., Inuit Artists Print Workbook, p. 360; The Inuit Print, exh. cat., from the National Museum of Man (Ottawa, ON), 1977, pp. 48-9, pl. 1
 Niviaxie - Polar Bear And Cub In Ice

Niviaxie - Polar Bear And Cub In Ice

Original 1959
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Lot number: 220
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NIVIAXIE (1908-1959), E7-1077, Cape Dorset POLAR BEAR AND CUB IN ICE sealskin print 1959, 17/30 framed 12.00" (height) x 22.00" (width), 30.50 cm (height) x 55.90 cm (width), “ The Bear Hunt. Three months ago Niviaksiak and a young companionwere tracking a bear. After several hours they finally caught sightof him. As they crept closer, the bear, instead of running, turnedand gazed squarely at them. Niviaksiak moved in, raised his rifleto fire, then faltered and shrieked: “It’’’’s dark. I’’’’m falling!”Without firing, he collapsed on the snow, died withinminutes. The next day, when Niviaksiak’’’’s companion and others returned tobury him, they found his body unmauled; the bear had not even comenear him. Among Cape Dorset people there was only one explanation:Niviaksiak’’’’s art had probed too near, had offended the spirit ofthe great polar bear. Today half of Cape Dorset’’’’s income derives from the sale of artworks. This is just the way Jim Houston intended it. Not even CapeDorset will remain inviolate forever; sooner or later it will bedrawn into the modern world where other Eskimos have fared sopoorly. Says Houston: “Their art is the one thing than can preservetheir pride in their Eskimo identity. So long as their art remainstrue and vital and coveted by the outside world, they will be savedfrom hopeless apathy in the face of the onslaught of the almightykadluna [white man]. After they learn to cope with their new world,their art may die. All I ask is that it will then have served itspurpose.” excerpt from, Time Magazine article, Feb. 22, 1960 Est. $25000 / 35000
 Niviaxie - Two Bears Hunting

Niviaxie - Two Bears Hunting

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Lot number: 42
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Lot 42 NIVIAXIE, CAPE DORSET/KINNGAIT TWO BEARS HUNTING stonecut 1959, 43/50 unframed 16.5 ins x 20.75 ins; 41.9 cms x 52.7 cms Literature: “North Hunter v. Spirit”, Time Magazine February 8, 1960. Note: An uncatalogued Dorset Series print (prints in this category were only offered for sale in Cape Dorset). It was printed in both blue and black and green and black (see Waddington’’’’s catalogue, November 2015, lot 151) and skillfully uses negative space to create the polar bears. Although not issued as part of the official 1959 Cape Dorset print collection, this print is as collectible as one of Niviaxie’’’’s most prized images. In 1960, Time Magazine reported on the artists’’’’s death: “Niviaksiak, of all the subjects he portrayed, the one that preyed most on his mind was bears. During the last months of his life, he pondered deeply on the soul of the great, inscrutable polar bear. Three months ago Niviaksiak and a young companion were tracking a bear. After several hours they finally caught sight of him. Niviaksiak moved in, raised his rifle to fire, then faltered and shrieked: ‘It’’’’s dark. I’’’’m falling!’’’’ Without firing, he collapsed on the snow, died within minutes. The next day, when Niviaksiak’’’’s companion returned to bury him, they found his body unmauled; the bear had not even come near him. Among Cape Dorset people there was only one explanation: Niviaksiak’’’’s art had probed too near [and] had offended the spirit of the great polar bear.”
 Niviaxie - Two Bears Hunting

Niviaxie - Two Bears Hunting

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Lot number: 151
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NIVIAXIE (1909-1959), E7-1077, CAPE DORSET TWO BEARS HUNTING stonecut 1959, 6/50 unframed 16.25" x 21" — 41.3 x 53.3 cm.
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