Children Chasing Dogs, 1965 (1966 #3) stonecut, 24 x 34 in (61 x 86.4 cm) 48/50
Children Chasing Dogs is a dramatic, action-filled stonecut, similar in its horizontal format to Men Pulling a Walrus. This image, too, dates from Parr’s Period III. Note how more realistically shaped both the animal and human figures are, compared with images from just two years earlier. We can clearly see how masterfully the vigour and sense of movement of Parr’s drawing strokes have been so beautifully translated into the medium of stonecut. The surface textures positively pulse with energy. Hilariously, one of the children is literally dragged along in pursuit of a dog, hanging on for dear life; he almost seems to be flying! Our eyes cannot help but follow the action as the dog—perhaps a runaway sled dog—bounds along, trying to make his escape at stage left, mouth agape and tail stiff with excitement.
Children Chasing Dogs is reproduced in Terry Ryan, “Parr” in The Beaver, Autumn 1979; this article was subsequently reprinted in Alma Houston, ed. Inuit Art: An Anthology (Winnipeg: Watson & Dwyer, 1988) pp. 38-41.