Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Qavavau Manumie (b. 1958) has lived in Kinngait (Cape Dorset) for most of his life. Known for his intricate compositions in ink and coloured pencil, as well as his skills as a meticulous printmaker, Manumie’s work demonstrates a range of stylistic abilities – from the very literal to the more expressive. His thematic concerns include depictions of Inuit legends and mythology, Arctic wildlife, and illustrations of the contemporary aspects and realities of Inuit life, including climate change.

Manumie has been involved in the Kinngait Studios graphic arts program as a printmaker for many years: first in the lithography studio and more recently in the stonecut shop. He is an accomplished and precise printmaker who enjoys the opportunity to demonstrate printing techniques to young artists and visitors to the studio. Manumie’s prints have been featured in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection numerous times.

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