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Kenojuak Ashevak Inuit Artist

April 8, 2011

Kenojuak Ashevak is probably the best known and most acclaimed of all the remarkable Inuit artists

who have emerged in the North in the last half century. Her own story is as remarkable as the story

of Cape Dorset and its printmakers and sculptors. Many of Kenojuak Ashevak’s drawings, prints and

sculptures have become icons, etched into the public consciousness.

Her bold shapes, bright colours and fantastical creatures have endured for some 50 years,

reflecting a unique vision and a special relationship to the land. Born in 1927 in Ikerrasak, a campsite

on southern Baffin Island, she lived a traditional nomadic life on the land before settling her family

in Cape Dorset, where she still lives.  Kenojuak Ashevak was featured

in a National Film Board production, Eskimo Artist – Kenojuak.

Her graphic images have been used on Canadian stamps  and coins.

She is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Royal Canadian Academy

and the recipient of two honorary doctorates. It’s amazing how her work remains so contemporary.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2011 6:28 pm

    What a great artist, thanks for the post. What type of printmaking does she do?

  2. ssarahlou permalink
    April 8, 2011 7:40 pm

    What beautiful and striking designs. I especially love the geese.

  3. May 12, 2011 11:33 am

    Hello Craig!

    I really enjoy your site and find it relevant to our online Inuit art gallery.
    I propose a reciprocal link share between our site to assist in gaining additional exposure.

    We are always looking for ways to promote awareness of Inuit art, culture and community.

    Please let me know if this is possible.
    Or if we may assist you in any way.

    Thank You

  4. Ashley permalink
    June 3, 2011 12:56 pm

    I love the pics!! Wish i could draw that good

  5. Joanie permalink
    August 4, 2011 1:16 pm

    Read about this amazing inuit artist in a book by Desmond Morris, called “Owl”. I am so glad i did. Just beautiful…an incredibly gifted woman.

    • August 4, 2011 9:35 pm

      Thanks for the info Joanie, she certainly is a gifted artist.

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