Shuvinai Ashoona

The dynamic compositions of Shuvinai Ashoona (b. 1961) depict human figures, transformations, and imaginary beings with cleverly hidden imagery using a wide colour spectrum.

Ashoona began to draw in the early 1990s. Though never formally trained, Ashoona’s family and the Kinngait Studios provided her with a creative atmosphere. Her drawings are often a combination of reality and imagination in which she creates her own abstract outlook on life in the North.

Through fearless experimentation, Ashoona’s inventive drawings are consistently at the forefront of contemporary art. In 2018, Ashoona won the coveted Gershon Iskowitz Prize which is awarded annually to a remarkable contemporary Canadian artist. Her work is regularly shown in exhibitions, biennials, and public collections around the world.

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