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Parr (artist)

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Parr (1893 - 3 November 1969) was an Inuit artist. He lived a traditional Inuit lifestyle until 1961, when he settled in Cape Dorset because of declining health and a hunting accident.[1]


Parr was born in 1893 on Southern Baffin Island, near Cape Dorset, Northwest Territories (now Nunavut). He had two sons, Nuna Parr[2] and Peter Parr, who are also artists. His wife, Eleeshushe Parr, was also an Inuit artist.


In Cape Dorset, Parr began to draw and make stonecut relief prints. He created over 2,000 works in the next eight years. These are mainly images of hunting scenes, although Shamanic subjects are also depicted. In 1977 one of his prints was featured on a Canadian postage stamp.[3]

His work is included in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada.[4]


  1. ^ "Artists at the Narwhal Inuit Art Gallery, London".
  2. ^ Foundation, Inuit Art. "Nuna Parr - Inuit Art Foundation - Artist Database". External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ Biography on the website of the Centre for Canadian Contemporary Art (In Inuktitut, click at bottom of text for English translation)
  4. ^ "Parr".

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