When I first spotted this print I thought that it might date to the 1970s, but when I looked a bit closer I realised that I was wrong – the style isn’t retro, it’s Inuit! Inuit art has a fluidity to it that’s not dissimilar to a style of art that was popular during the ’70s – at least to my eye, that is. That being said, the artist responsible for today’s illustration, Ben Houstie (1960-), isn’t actually Inuit, but rather a member of the Heiltsuk Nation, an amalgamation of five tribal groups who originally inhabited the Central Coast region of the Canadian province of British Columbia. To my untrained eye though, the styles look very similar!
The print, which is entitled ‘Mother Killer Whale‘ is signed by Houstie and dated 1989, making it thirty years old this year. Having been well framed the print is in good condition, and even the frame isn’t doing too badly, with only minor scuff marks. Plus for a 1980s frame, it’s surprisingly unoffensive – I’d definitely be happy hanging this piece of art on my lounge wall!
Note: Rather unusually there is no backing board on the frame, but instead a second piece of glass, making the frame transparent. Ideally it should be hung on two separate hooks, rather than wire, which you would see through the glass
Dimensions: 72cm tall x 55cm wide x 3cm deep