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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.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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…..Mayoreak Ashoona…

Mayoreak, also known as Mayureak,  is another of the great Inuit artists hailing from Canada born in 1946. She was born on the south of Baffin Island.

Her mother was a famous artist named Sheouak Parr.

She married another artist who like many other Inuit started out living off the land as a hunter and fur trader. With the decline in the fur trade he turned to art to feed his family. His name was Qaqaq Ashoona. Below are some examples of his work. Qaqaq Ashoona lived from 1928 to 1996. Qaqaq’s mother was famed artist Pitseolak Ashoona, whom I profiled not long ago.

Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art.

A noted sculptor and drawer. Of all the Inuit artists so far, Mayoreak Ashoona is my favorite when it comes to drawing. Locations on some drawings can be kind of boring, for instance the patterns of feathers on some birds. Mayoreak Ashoona would go to great detail to give an area that is all feathers or a fish area that is all scales fun and interesting.

The artist is still alive but due to very poor health, hardly produces drawings or sculptures anymore. Below a picture of Mayoreak Ashoona.

Price range information: Only could find pricing for prints which range mainly range $600 to $3000.