Kenojuak Ashevak

Kenojuak Ashevak (1927–2013) created some of the most iconic and instantly recognizable images in Canadian art. While she worked in sculpture, Ashevak is best known for her entrancing graphic works including drawings and prints. These works encompass imaginative and varied themes with her most-visited subject matter including birds, particularly, the lively owl.

Ashevak began drawing in the late 1950s in Kinngait (Cape Dorset) and continued up until her death in 2013. Throughout, she was constantly driven to experiment with new media and techniques. Ashevak embraced etching and engraving in the 1960s, lithography in the late 1970s, and etching and aquatint over the last decade of her life. She also experimented with glass and in 2004, designed the stained glass “Iggalaaq” window for Appleby College in Ontario.

Ashevak’s enthusiasm and devotion to her work has provided inspiration to generations of artists in Kinngait. She is the namesake of the community’s Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop which opened in 2017 and houses the contemporary art studios.

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