Born in 1927 on southern Baffin Island, Kenojuak Ashevak has created some of the most iconic and instantly recognizable images in Canadian Art. She worked in sculpture but she is best known for her entrancing graphic images. These images encompass imaginative and varied themes, with her most favourite subject being birds, especially owls. She began drawing in the late 1950s and up to her death showed a constant interest in experimenting with new techniques. Her imagery remained consistent but she was willing to experiment with various media. She embraced etching and engraving in the 1960s, lithography in the late 1970s, etching and aquatint over the last decade of her life, as well as experimenting with glass, creating a glass sculpture and designing a stained glass window for a chapel. Her enthusiasm and devotion to work has provided inspiration to generations of artists in Cape Dorset.

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2014 Kenojuak Ashevak: A Retrospective
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

2007 Kenojuak Ashevak: Original Drawings
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

2000 Kenojuak Ashevak: A Decade of Drawings
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

1996 Kenojuak Ashevak: Evolution- Recent Drawings
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

1994 Kenojuak Ashevak: Recent Drawings
Feheley Fine ArtS
Toronto, ON

1986 Kenojuak: A Retrospective Exhibition
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Kleinburg, ON

2009 – 2010 Arctic Spirit: 50th Anniversary of Cape Dorset’s Kinngait Studios
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto ,ON

2009 – 2010 Nunnanguaq: In the Likeness of the Earth
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Kleinburg, ON

2009 – 2010 Uuturautiit: Cape Dorset Celebrates 50 Years of Printmaking
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

2004 Kenojuak Ashevak, Arnaqu Ashevak, Adamie Ashevak: Kenojuak and Onward
Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON

2003 The Inuit Icon: Selections from Private Collections
Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON

2002 Art by Women: An Investigation of Inuit Sculpture and Graphics
Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON

2001 Cross-Currents: Cape Dorset in the 1960s
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

1999 Dorset Magic: Four Decades of Sculpture from Cape Dorset
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

1998 The Ryan Collection
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

1997 Old Friends: Graphics from the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

1994 – 1995 Cape Dorset Revisited
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Kleinburg, ON

1994 – 1995 Isumavut: The Artistic Expression of Nine Cape Dorset Women
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Hull, QC

1994 Sculpture by Women
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

1993 Women Who Draw: 30 Years of Graphic Art from the Canadian Arctic
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

1991 – 1992 In Cape Dorset We Do It This Way: Three Decades of Inuit Printmaking
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Kleinburg, ON

1989 Drawings of the 1960s from Cape Dorset
Feheley Fine Arts in association with Gimpel Fils(London, England), Toronto, ON

1988 The Sculpture of Kenojuak Ashevak & Joanassie Igiu
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

1987 – 1989 Contemporary Inuit Drawings
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
Guelph, ON

1983 – 1985 Grasp Tight the Old Ways: Selections from the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art
Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, ON

1979 – 1980 Inuit Art in the 1970s
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University
Kingston, ON

1977 – 1982 The Inuit Print / L’estampe inuit
Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development –Ottawa, ON

1974 Arts of the Eskimo: Prints
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
Montréal, QC

1971 – 1973 Sculpture/Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic
Canadian Eskimo Arts Council
Vancouver, Paris, Copenhagen, Leningrad, Moscow, London, Philadelphia and Ottawa

1967 The Eskimo Art Collection of the Toronto Dominion Bank
Toronto Dominion Bank,Toronto, ON

1965 Contemporary Inuit Art
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, ON

1963 Art Eskimo
Galerie de France
Paris, France

Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK
Appleby College, Oakville, ON
Art Gallery of Ontario
Canada Council Art Bank
Canadian Museum of History
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, ON
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal
National Gallery of Canada
Tate Gallery, London, England
TD Group Art Collection
Vancouver Art Gallery
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Winnipeg Art Gallery
World Wildlife Fund Collection, Switzerland
2008 Received the Governor General’s Award

2004 Created the first stained glass window commission by an Inuit artist at Appleby College, Oakville.

2001 Received a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame,.

2001 In November, at Waddington’s Inuit Art Auction in Toronto, one of Kenojuak’s prints ‘Enchanted Owl’ sold for $58,650.00, setting a new record for the sale of a Canadian print at auction.

1999 Edition of a 25-cent coin bearing an owl motif by Kenojuak on the occasion of Nunavut’s inauguration as a Canadian territory in 1999.

1995 Received the Aboriginal Achievement Award.

1993 A postage stamp featuring Kenojuak’s drawing for “The Owl” 1969.

1992 Received an Honorary Doctorate awarded by the Law Faculty of the University of Toronto.

1991 Received an Honorary Doctorate from Queen’s University in May.

1982 Appointed a Companion to the Order of Canada .

1981 Mintmark Press. Kenojuak was commissioned to produce a limited edition etching ‘Myself and I’ for inclusion in the book ‘Graphic Masterworks of the Inuit: Kenojuak’.

1980 The 1961 print ‘Return of the Sun’ by Kenojuak was reproduced on a seventeen-cent stamp issued September 25, 1980.

1979 Theo Waddington commissioned and published a limited edition portfolio of twelve lithographs by Kenojuak

1979 Kenojuak was commissioned to produce a stencil print, ‘Owl with Seagulls’ in commemoration of the Commonwealth Games, in Edmonton, Alberta.

1977 Included in the World Wildlife Fund’s portfolio of six Inuit prints.

1974 Elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

1970 Her 1960 print ‘Enchanted Owl’ was reproduced on a stamp commemorating the centennial of the Northwest Territories.

1967 Appointed to the Order of Canada.

1967 Kenojuak Engraving Portfolio commemorated 1967, Canada’s Centennial Year.

1962 The National Film Board of Canada produced a film about Kenojuak and her life on the land entitled ‘Eskimo Artist – Kenojuak’.

Blodgett, Jean. Kenojuak. Kleinburg: The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1986.

Fisher, Kyra Vladykov. Guide to Cape Dorset Artists. Cape Dorset: Municipality of Cape Dorset, 2008.

Goetz, Helga. The Inuit Print. Ottawa: National Museum of Man, National Museums of Canada, 1977.

Lalonde, Christine, et. al. Uuturautiit: Cape Dorset Celebrates 50 Years of Printmaking. Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada, 2009.

Leroux, Odette et al. Inuit Women Artists: Voices from Cape Dorset. Edited by Odette Leroux, Marion E. Jackson, Minnie Aoudla Freeman. Hull: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1994.

National Film Board of Canada. Eskimo Artist – Kenojuak. Produced by National Film Board of Canada with the cooperation of Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources; (c) N.F.B. 1964.

Swinton, George. Sculpture of the Inuit. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1999.

Vance, Jonathan. A History of Canadian Culture. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Walk, Ansgar. Kenojuak: The life story of an Inuit artist. Bielefeld, Germany: Penumbra Press, 1999.


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