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. These visits facilitated an environment where Saila would cultivate drawing skills and a sharp eye for the bold use of colour and composition which now characterizes her work, as well as an understanding of the importance of hard work and perseverance. She is also the granddaughter of Pauta Saila, renowned sculptor and graphic artist. By 2015, Saila started working in the Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset. Saila continues to explore many diverse themes and ideas in her work, with a recent focus on northern landscape and wildlife.

Saila’s work was included for the first time in the 2017 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection. Feheley Fine Arts presented Saila’s work for the first time at Art Toronto 2017, during which one of her landscape drawings was acquired by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Following this success, Feheley Fine Arts presented her at the Art on Paper fair in New York in 2018. At the early stages in her career, this graphic artist continues to draw attention from both Canadian and international collectors.

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