Posts Tagged ‘Inuit’

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……….Napachie Sharky


Napachie Sharky is an Inuit sculptor born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1971.

His father and grandfather both drowned to death in 1979. His mother is also an artist, Ragee Killiktee.

The artist has a brother already profiled here, Toonoo Sharky, who is also an accomplished artist.

Napachie Sharky carves a wide range of subjects including Inuit people on motorcycles and snowmobiles. Sharky is best known for his work featuring birds. Most of the works completed by the artist use serpentine stone.

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Napachie Sharky comes from another very artistic Inuit family. Its interesting that Napachie and his brother Toonoo Sharky both specialize in wildlife and birds, but Napachie’s birds are much more subtle in their captured behavior.





Artists of the moment………Robert Kussy and Goota Ashoona


Robert Kussy is based out of Yellowknife, Canada and shares a studio with his artist wife named Goota Ashoona. Robert Kussy was born in

Kussy often works with whalebone and soapstone. Kussy also works as a restorer of Inuit Art.

In this clip we visit the studio of the husband and wife team:

The artist enjoys his community and organized the first soccer tournament for the children of the Arctic. Bob is renown for his great intellect and insight about the history and preservation of the Inuit culture.

The studio he shares with his wife and children draws around 1,000 visitors per year. The public enjoys visiting an arctic art studio.

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Goota Ashoona is the wife of Bob Kussy. Goota Ashoona is a third generation Inuit artist following in the footsteps of her mother Kiawa Ashoona and her grandfather Pitseolak Ashoona. Ashoona is a sculptor and printmaker.

Goota Ashoona was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1967.

The artist is also a professional Inuit throat singer.

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What a great husband and wife team!




Artist of the moment…..Sheojuk Etidlooie



Sheojuk Etidlooie was an Inuit artist renown for images of birds and owls in particular.  Etidlooie was born around 1929.

The artist grew up in Baffin Island.

Etidlooie passed away in 1999.

She spent much of her life based out of Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada.

price range information: Prints range from $500 to $5,000.

Etidlooie was the sister of another Inuit artist already profiled here, Meelia Kelly.

Its great to see two sisters who were professional artists, and compare their styles of creating.





Artist of the moment…….Alex Alikashuak



Alex Alikashuak is an Inuit artist renown for his carvings of the figure.

Alex Alikashuak was born in the year 1952.

The artist is now based out of Whale Cove, Nunavut Territory, Canada.

The artist has a pilot’s license and enjoys flying.

Like many Inuit artists Alikashuak enjoys mixing media such as antlers and walrus bones.

The artist has a great sense of economic line. With very few lines in the face, he is able to capture the spirit of a character. I am a big fan of his carvings done with walrus bone. His work has a very modernist feel.

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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…….Bart Hanna


Bart Hanna is a wonderful Inuit artist from Igloolick, Nunavut Territories, Canada. Bart Hanna was born in the year 1948.

Hanna loves to sculpt and has travelled the world over to Paris, France  and other parts of Europe to see the sculptors like the great Michelangelo and works he had only heard about or seen in very old books. That is why the Internet is so great, now he can see these great artists from the comfort of his own igloo.

Hanna has been featured in art magazines for his very large carvings. Where many Inuit artist work on a small scale which makes their artwork affordable and sometimes illegal to leave the country (if using whalebone or other indigenous animal bones), its not often we see works done on such as large scale. Perhaps an Inukshuk, the Inuit symbol, but not usually an animal or figure carving. For the size of his alone the work of Bart Hanna stands out.

Like many Inuit artists of his generation the artist began carving seriously whilst in hospital recovering from tuberculosis treatment.

Hanna works with the traditional Inuit subjects like the Goddess of the Sea ” Sedna” and dancers.

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

In this clip from the Museum of Inuit Art a live Skype interview with artist Bart Hanna:


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