John and Joyce Price
I made my discovery of the world of Inuit art in 1975 when I read about an exhibition at the now closed Snow Goose Gallery in the local Seattle newspaper. The show sounded so interesting that I went over to see it on my lunch break and was immediately taken with a stonecut by Pitseolak Ashoona, OC, RCA (c. 1904–1989) titled Animals of the Deep from 1973. I thought, This is an interesting image, but at that point in time, I had no idea who the artist was, and I decided I needed to learn more. The next day, I changed my mind and bought it. That first print brought me into the world of Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, and, eventually, the rest of the Arctic. In the time since, I have been fortunate to build a significant collection and, more importantly, to form lasting relationships with artists I admire, including Kenojuak Ashevak, CC, ON, RCA (1927–2013), Pitseolak Niviaqsi (1947–2015) and Jimmy Manning, among many others. My wife, Joyce, and I have two complete runs of the Inuit Art Quarterly and they are full of interesting information that’s been very important for us in learning about different artists, communities and arts programs. We have many favourite issues, but after much thought we agreed the commemorative issue on Kenojuak Ashevak (27.1, Winter 2014) is the most dear to us. Over our lives, collecting the magazine has kept us up-to-date, particularly with new, younger artists. There are always new forms of art coming into existence and we, as older collectors, need to recognize that. We are so pleased that the Quarterly continues on and, especially, that the recent issues have remained as interesting as the issues of the past. I only wish more people were aware of it so they could enjoy it as much as we do.
Qavavau Manumie, John Price and Arnaqu Ashevak in Kinngait Studios, 2008