Current Location:
Section 31 (VS) -> Middle Shelf (VS31)
Location Notes:
IDC; Vertical Storage; Section 31; Middle Shelf

Arctic Mother and Child

Artwork
Identifier:
2008.264.1
Artist:
James Houston
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Lithograph
Date:
1961
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 15.5 in Width: 12.5 in
Description:
Sepia-toned print of black ink drawing: Inuit woman with small child on her back.
Historical Context:
James Houston was a Canadian artist, designer, children’s book author and filmmaker who played an important role in the recognition of Inuit Art. In 1948 Houston traveled to Inukjuak, a small Inuit community in Arctic Quebec, to draw and paint images of the Inuit and the Arctic landscape. He began to trade his own drawings for carvings made by the locals and quickly recognized their craftsmanship. He later set up the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative that helped develop the area into a major art community.