Saimaiyu Akesuk

Born in 1986 in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Saimaiyu Akesuk is one of the most original of the group of emerging artists working in the Kinngait Studios.

Although her unique style and imaginative use of colour have launched her to the forefront of contemporary Inuit art, she was initially reluctant to start drawing. It was Ningiukulu Teevee, another Kinngait artist, who encouraged Akesuk and introduced her to the drawing studio.

Akesuk’s drawings are arresting, utilizing a superb sense of colour combined with bold compositions. Using only coloured pencil, she applies her hue forcefully, creating a unique surface texture resulting out of her technique of switching the direction of her pencil to create opposing shading.

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