Arctic Mother and Child
Height: 15.5 in
Width: 12.5 in
Sepia-toned print of black ink drawing: Inuit woman with small child on her back.
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.