Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Qavavau Manumie is known for his intricate compositions in ink and colored pencil, as well as his printmaking. His 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 some of the more contemporary aspects of Inuit life.

For several years Qavavau has been involved in the co-operative’s graphic arts program as a printmaker: first in the lithography studio and more recently in the stonecut shops. He is an accomplished and precise printmaker who enjoys the opportunity to demonstrate printmaking techniques to young artists and visitors to the studio. His representations have been featured in the annual graphics collection numerous times. The artist lives with his wife and son in Cape Dorset.

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