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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.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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….Kenojuak Ashevak….






Kenojuak Ashevak was another Inuit artist that achieved tremendous success in the fine art world. She was born in Canada in the year 1927.Her father was a fur trader and hunter of the nomadic Inuits. Her father was murdered when she was only six years old.
When the artist was only 19 her parents arranged for her to marry an Intuit hunter named Johnniebo Ashevak. Johnniebo was also a highly skilled artisan and here is an example of his work.This husband and wife are both part of the National Gallery of Canada.
Johnniebo lived from 1923 to 1972 and stencil works range from $1000 to $10000. Works in stone range $500 to $1500. Disease took the lives of Johnniebo and many other relatives.
Having tested positive for tuberculosis Kenojuak was sent to Quebec City to conquer the illness.She stayed for three years and during this rehab time became an extraordinary artist. A promoter of Inuit culture found out about the artist and started to promote her. A new star was welcomed by the art world of Canada as she had a great reception.
A film was made about the artist in 1963. The film brought the life of the Inuit and of Kenijuak to the big screen.
Johnniebo succumed to illness, Kenojuak remarried and husband number two would live only five years.She married a third time. Kenojuak had eleven of her own children, but seven
died at young ages due to disease.
Kenojuak designed many stamps for Canada and has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Kenojuak became the first Intuit artist to work with the medium of stained glass in 2004. The project was a commission for a college chapel . Should you like to see this stained glass its at Appleby college in Oakville, Ontario.
The name of the documentary made by the National Film Board of Canada is titled Eskimo Artist Kenojuak.
The artist Kenojuak passed away in January of 2013 from lung cancer.

Price range information: It must be noted that most people who saw Kenojuak work in person she seldom used an eraser. She produced many drawings and prints that range from $2000 to $25,000. Works in stone range $2,000 to $50,000.

In this clip we view one of Kenojuak’s work’s for sale at Waddington’s Auction House of Canada.

A great montage of Kenojuak Ashevak set to wonderful music.

Listen to the artist speak here. Wonderful!

In this clip from the National Gallery of  Cananda we get some background one of the artist’s first prints, the Enchanted Owl.