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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