Ningiukulu Teevee’s drawings blend imagery that is often based on traditional Inuit myths with arresting compositions and a superb sense of colour.
Pudlat’s subject matter combines a connection to a traditional culture and a fascination with the new technologies changing his community.
Shuvinai Ashoona’s dynamic compositions depict human figures, transformations and imaginary beings with cleverly hidden imagery using a wide colour spectrum.
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.
Annie Pootoogook, who comes from a long line of artists in Cape Dorset, began drawing in 1997. Within a decade Pootoogook became the catalyst for an explosion of creativity found in the drawings from Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset.
Janet Kigusiuq began drawing in the late 1960s. Throughout her career, she challenged herself in various media, from drawings to prints to wall hangings and collage.
Pitaloosie Saila began drawing in the early 1960s, and she has consistently maintained her own individual style. Her work has been included in annual Cape Dorset Print Collections since 1968.
An accomplished printmaker, Kananginak Pootoogook produced drawings and prints for the graphic arts program since the late 1950’s; his work was included in almost every annual collection since that time until his passing in 2009.
At 27, Ooloosie Saila is among the youngest on our roster of emerging Inuit artists. As a child, she was inspired to draw through occasional visits to the home of her friend’s grandmother, celebrated artist Kenojuak Ashevak.
Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Qavavau Manumie is known for his intricate compositions in ink and colored pencil, as well as his printmaking.
Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok
Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok is a renowned sculptor from Arviat, Nunavut. She is one of the key artists who established the ‘minimalist’ style of sculpture associated with this area of Nunavut located on the west coast of Hudson’s Bay.
Born in 1986 in Cape Dorset, Saimaiyu Akesuk is one of the most original of the group of emerging artists working in the Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset.
Samayualie is relatively new to the Kinngait Studio stable of artists, but her drawings show more and more confidence as she works out her own unique approach to both traditional and contemporary subjects.
An accomplished sculptor, jewelry-maker and photographer, Pitsiulak is best known for the extraordinary drawings that have made him one of the most sought-after contemporary Inuit artists.
Irene Avaalaaqiaq Tiktaalaaq
Irene Avaalaaqiaq Tiktaalaaq comes from a generation of artists who, after living a traditional life on the land, settled permanently in Baker Lake, Nunavut. Her detailed drawings and brightly coloured wall-hangings often contain references to this heritage.
Kenneally started drawing in 2004, and was originally interested in portraying traditional Inuit ideology through her works of art. Recently, her drawings have undergone a shift and have become more realistic.
A cutting-edge contemporary artist, sculptor, jeweler and graphic artist, Jutai Toonoo created works that rarely conformed to the traditional assumptions about the style and substance of Inuit art.
Jessie Oonark is one of the most iconic Inuit artists of the twentieth century. Her strong, bold and colourful compositions that have delighted generations found their expression in various media, including drawings, prints and wall-hangings.
Inspired primarily by his life experience, Luke Anguhadluq’s drawings featured traditional life, hunting and animals and scenes of celebration with drum dancing.
Working in pencil crayon, Itee Pootoogook created subtly-coloured images of the world around him. He often used photographs as a starting point for his drawings; these ranged from photos he took himself in earlier years to photographs taken by his colleagues in the Kinngait Studio.
Mathew Nuqingaq is a silversmith, metal artist, sculptor, drum dancer, photographer and educator. He is also the owner of the Aayuraa Studio in Iqaluit, which he founded as a jewelry workshop.
William Noah’s drawings, paintings, and prints depict his love for the land, animals and Kitchecut area. Born in 1943 in Black River, Noah currently resides in Baker Lake where he has cemented himself as a key figure not only in the studio, but as a prominent member of the community.
Labrador-based artist Michael Massie (b. 1962) makes work that reflects his mixed Inuit, Métis and Scottish heritage. An incredible silversmith, Massie has achieved international renown for his inventive sculptural works that skillfully combine stone and metal.