Posts Tagged ‘cape dorset’

Artist of the moment……….Koomwartok Ashoona



Koomwartok Ashoona is one of the sons of famed Inuit artist Pitseolak Ashoona. Koomwartok Ashoona was born in the year 1930.

The artist had a wife and son who also became professional sculptors. He was based out of Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada for his career.

Koomwartok Ashoona passed away in 1984.

His favorite subject matter included birds, the Goddess of the Sea named Sedna, and spirits.

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Its easy to see that the artist loved to draw and observe animals. His works in stone have a wonderful sense of life due to the flowing and curvy lines.

What a great example of an Inuit family that has had multiple generations of professional working artists!


Artist of the moment…….Qaqaq Ashoona


Qaqaq Ashoona was a son of the famous Inuit artist Pitseolak Ashoona.

Qaqaq Ashoona was born in Ikirasak, Nunavut Territory in the year 1928. The artist began life as a hunter and trapper. He turned to art to make a living in 1953.

Ashoona used only hand tools to make his wonderful carvings.

His wife was also a well respected Inuit artist, Mayoreak Ashoona. She was a renown printmaker already featured here.

The artist passed away in 1996.

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Qaqaq Ashoona put great detail in his art. I enjoy his interpretations of the Goddess of the Sea, Sedna. They show a great sense of creativity and the sculptures have a great sense of life and animation.


Artist of the moment………Qavavau Manumie


Qavavau Manumie is a contemporary Inuit artist renown for his drawings of animals and people. Qavavau Manumie was born in Brandon, Manitoba in the year 1958.

The artist is now based out of Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada.

His first solo exhibition took place in 2008. In this clip we view a show featuring Manumie that took place in 2012:

Manumie was one of the featured artist in the 2015 Cape Dorset print calendar.

Below a great interview with the artist:

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I enjoy the Pop art aspect of Manumie’s art. Though he works with traditional Inuit motifs, the artist also pays homage to modern items such as stiletto high heeled shoes. From a design aspect, his work is similar in composition to Kenjuak Ashevak.



Artist of the moment………..Eyeetsiak Peter


Eyeetsiak Peter was an Inuit artist born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1937. Eyeetsiak Peter was part of the first Cape Dorset print collection in the year 1961.

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Peter was both a printmaker and carver. In his later he became known for his fantastic polar bears.

Eyeetsiak Peter passed away in 2011.

Peter was yet another wonderful Inuit artist who was a great graphic artist who also did wonderful carvings. By exaggerating and capturing the movement in the legs his polar bears have a very life like quality.

The artist is shown with many Inuit artists in Vancouver, Montreal, and Winnipeg.


Artist of the moment……Siassie Kenneally

Siassie Kenneally is a wonderful Inuit graphic design artist born in Iqalugajuk, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1969. The artist works mainly with coloured pencil on paper.

Both of her parents were master Inuit artists. Her father was Qaqaq Ashoona, he will be an upcoming profile. Her mother was Mayoreak Ashoona, already profiled here.

Kenneally is renown for her coloured pencil works. For subject matter the artist portrays rocks, the inner parts of a seal, and the Inuit landscape.

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The Ashoona clan has produced many museum caliber artists, and this artist is no exception. Kenneally has great drawing skills!


Artist of the moment……..Arnaqu Ashevak


Arnaqu Ashevak was a son of the most popular Inuit artist, Kenojuak Ashevak. Arnaqu Ashevak was an adopted son of Kenojuak and Johnniebo Ashevak and was born in Cape Dorset in the year 1956.

Arnaqu Ashevak was a printmaker and sculptor. He was seen as a modernist as he used items he would pick up on long walks including glass and bones in his sculpture work.

The artist worked for the West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative for multiple decades.

Arnaqu Ashevak passed away in 2009.

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Arnaqu Ashevak worked for many years as a lithographer and assistant printmaker before making his own prints. Its easy to see he picked up many design skills from his mother and the other artists work he helped produce on a large scale. Its great to see another family of thriving artist that was passed on to multiple generations, such as the Ashevak family.


Artist of the moment……Ovilu Tunnillie


Ovilu Tunnnillie is an Inuit artist from the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1949. Ovilu is renowned for sculptures of the figure which are made from traditional stone and sometimes marble. Tunnillie’s work has a vibe to it that reminds me of the “Art Deco” period. The lines are very fluid and flowing in her figure work. The opposite of much the Inuit art covered here so far.

Her parents were both accomplished artists, Sheojuk and Toonoo Tunnillie.

The artist sold her first work at the age of sixteen. With the death of Kenojuak Ashevak, Ovilu Tunnillie is one of few Inuit female artists that could possible be the most famous and most collected of her peer group.

In this clip a great work showing the Grand Mother In Law of the artist. Another artist is featured named Shuvinai Ashoona in the clip. The work of Ovilu Tunnillie is shown at 2:15 into the clip:

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $10,000.

Ovilu Tunnillie was made a member of the Canadian Royal Academy of Art.

What I enjoy most about this artist is her figure work. Most Inuit art isn’t nearly as anatomically correct as the work of Ovilu Tunnillie. Also her figure works that just deal with the curves of the female body such as the legs or the torso.  Very few Inuit artists work with the nude in the first place, but her finished product could easily pass for a modern work of art, rather than the typical Inuit art we might see at a gallery.

Ovilu Tunnillie is one of the most prolific Inuit artists when it comes to creative output. She has a large body of work.


Artist of the moment…….Kakulu Saggiaktok

Kakulu Saggiaktok is an Inuit artist from Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1940. Saggiaktok is a printmaker and sculptor renowned for her work with animals and the wildlife of the arctic. Her favorite subject matter is the bird.

An interesting fact about the artist is that she born on a boat owned by the Hudson Bay Company. Her family was part of group of Inuit people who went on the voyage in order to hunt and trap.

Price range information: Prints range from $400 to $1,000. No pricing available on sculpture work.

In addition to the wildlife scenes, Saggiaktok also enjoys recreating the many Inuit myths and legends including Sedna and the transforming shaman.

Saggiaktok began to explore art as a career in the 1960s at the beginning of the Cape Dorset Co-Op first began.

We have another wonderfully artistic family as the mother of Kakulu Saggiaktok was the grat Inuit artist Ikayukta Tunnillie. Below an example of her mother’s printmaking style.


Artist of the moment…..Itee Pootoogook

Itee Pootoogook is a fantastic printmaker from the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada region born in the year 1951.

His father was one of the most famous Inuit artists who was a master printer and sculptor named Paulassie Pootoogook.

Itee Pootoogook is renowned for his landscapes of the arctic region. Pootoogook has a great sense of color.

The artist first work to appear as part of print collection was in 2008.

In this clip renowned art critic Sarah Milroy talks about an exhibition featuring the work of Itee Pootoogook:

And we have a our first arctic colorist. Due to his use of color the artist’s work has a very modern feel to it.

Itee Pootoogook works for the most part with coloured pencil on paper.

Price range information: Most works priced between $,1000 and $2,000.

The Pootoogook clan is another great family of multiple generations of artisans.


Artist of the moment….Taqialuq (Tuk) Nuna

Taqialuq or Tuk Nuna is the son of another Inuit artist Sharky Nuna. Sharky Nuna was killed whilst hunting walrus in 1979. Tuk Nuna was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1958. For his work he enjoys working with animals and using multiple figures in his sculpted scenes of the arctic wildlife.

Produced his first carvings at the age of 8 after being encourage by watching his father. He took up art as a means of an income in his twenties.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $10,000.

Another family of artists!


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