Artist of the moment….Pitseolak Ashoona

Pitseolak Ashoona was another artist coming from the Native Inuit tribe of Canada. She was the last of her generation to live the traditional nomadic lifestyle enjoyed by the Inuit since before 1000 B.C.  The tribe lived the basic hunting and gathering life with few material possessions and awful healthcare. She had 17 children and only 5 survived infancy. Ashoona was born around 1904 to 1907 and passed away in 1983.

price range info: Etchings,lithographs, and felt tip markers  range $500 to $2500. Works in stone range $500 to $5000.

Again it was the conduit of the Inuit people and the fine art world James Houston who convinced her to give print making a try.

She specialized in much of the same themes, hunting, riding in the canoe, and fables and legends rather than use stones or antlers to carve her story, the artist enjoyed drawing more than anything else and expressed herself in this method although she had done sculptures in the past it wasn’t a main genre for the artist.

The artist had a great use of color and many works were executed with felt tip pens giving them vivid color.

Pitseolak Ashoona appeared on a Canadian postage stamp for International Women’s Day.

Made a Member of the Order of Canada. The highest civilian honor available in Canada.

The artist married a hunter who passed away due to illness when he was only forty years old.

Included in the National Gallery of Art of Canada.

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