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Kenojuak Ashevak, Owl’s Courtship

Kenojuak AshevakOwl’s Courtship (2013), stonecut and stencil, ed. 50 [Inuit Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 14-Mar 7]

A Colourful Vision: Kenojuak Ashevak

Inuit Gallery
Vancouver BC – Feb 14-Mar 7, 2013

nojuak Ashevak, Magnificent Char

Kenojuak AshevakMagnificent Char (2008), graphite, Pentel pen, coloured pencil [Inuit Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 14-Mar 7]

Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013), a prominent pioneer of Inuit art, was born on Baffin Island in 1927. Her father was an Inuit hunter and fur trader. She lived a traditional nomadic lifestyle with her family before settling in Cape Dorset, where she remained for most of her life. In the early 1950s, during a stay in a Quebec tuberculosis sanitarium, her artwork attracted the attention of James A. Houston. At the age of 35, she became internationally renowned as a result of the National Film Board of Canada film Kenojuak (1962). As her reputation grew, the Inuit studio on Baffin Island evolved into one of Canada’s most important artistic communities.

Kenojuak was one of the first Inuit women in Cape Dorset to begin drawing. She eventually worked in graphite, coloured pencils, felt pens and watercolours. She also carved soapstone and was a prolific printmaker who explored copperplate, stone print, aquatint and etching lithography. Almost all of her work features an enthusiastic use of colour. More than 20 drawings, prints and other collaborative works on exhibit show her skill with colour in numerous fine pieces, including a woven tapestry created in collaboration with the Pangnirtung Tapestry Studio, Nunavut.

Kenojuak was the recipient of many prestigious awards. In 1967, she received the Order of Canada. She was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1974. She was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada in 1982, and in 2008 received the Governor General's Award for Visual Arts.

Mia Johnson

Kenojuak Ashevak, Sun’s Awakening

Kenojuak AshevakSun’s Awakening (2010), sugar lift, etching, aqua tint, edition of 25 [Inuit Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 14-Mar 7]

Kenojuak in Cape Dorset

Kenojuak in Cape Dorset, July 2012 [Inuit Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 14-Mar 7] Photo: Melanie Zavediuk

 Sat, Feb 16, 2013