The Kayak

In the freezing temperatures of the Northern Arctic, Inuit hunters invented the nimble qajaq, or kayak, to enhance their hunting skills in sealing, whaling and coastline expeditions on the icy waters. Known as the ‘man’s boat’ or the ‘hunter’s boat’ in various Inuktitut dialects, the kayak was hand-crafted from locally available materials. While materials vary depending on their region, in … Read More

Inuit Art Educational Tools

Feheley Fine Arts is delighted to present a handy guide of resources for Inuit art, aiding in identification and self-education. Navigating the world of Inuit art can be daunting, but with these curated tools, you’ll find a solid starting point. Artist Identification Katilvik is a website which allows for artist identification through either syllabic symbols (artist’s name in Inuktitut) or … Read More

Shuvinai Ashoona & John Noestheden Collaboration

In the winter of 2008, Shuvinai Ashoona was invited by curator Wayne Baerwaldt to Calgary’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery, at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Through Feheley Fine Arts, she had been commissioned to collaborate with Canadian crystal artist John Noestheden on an original drawing for a banner spanning an entire city block. This collaboration stemmed from Baerwaldt’s vision … Read More

The Private Series: Widding Collection

Exhibition opened March 23, 2024 On display in the Ithaca home of Mary and Fred Widding lay a remarkable array of Inuit sculptures. Now, transitioning from the intimate settings of their home to Feheley Fine Arts, this exceptional collection not only showcases a diverse spectrum of styles, materials, and narratives, but also embodies a profound reverence for carvings from the … Read More

Inuit community name changes

How we refer to placenames in Inuit Nunangat (homelands of the Inuit) has changed over the course of time. You might wonder why some community names seem to have recently changed and why. And who decided on their non-Inuit names in the first place? Europeans in Inuit Nunangat   In the late-1500s, English seaman Martin Frobisher sailed west across the … Read More

Shuvinai Ashoona Receives Governor General’s Award

We are thrilled to share the news of Shuvinai Ashoona being honoured with the Governor General’s Awards in Visual Arts, a testament to her remarkable impact on Canadian art. Shuvinai’s unique talent for blending vivid storytelling with elements of fantasy, realism, and nostalgia have rightfully earned her this esteemed recognition, the highest honour for visual and media arts in Canada. … Read More

Contemporary Land: The Birth of Contemporary Drawing in the North

Exhibition opened February 24, 2024 Contemporary Drawing in Kinngait, 1995–2015 Drawing holds a long history at the Kinngait Studios. For many artists it served as their introduction to artmaking, as graphite pencil and paper were among the first media available to in the late 1950s and early 1960s. While drawings were purchased by the co-op, they were seldom marketed for … Read More

Michael Massie talks about his artwork “1771”

After a two year period, acclaimed Nunatsiavut artist Michael Massie completed a chess set, a true labour of love. The set and board is made of wavy birch, bloodwood, sterling silver and copper. Inspired by his grandmother and her love for drinking tea, Massie, a silversmith and sculptor, challenged himself to create a work where each chess piece was a … Read More

“Discovering Oscar Cahén: The Warrior” A documentary film by Howard Brull

Toronto Premiere Screening Discovering Oscar Cahén: The Warrior A documentary film by Howard Brull Tuesday, November 21, 2023 Paradise Theatre 1006 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M2 Doors: 6:00 p.m. Screening: 7:00 p.m. Q & A: 8:00 p.m. To reserve tickets, click here. TrépanierBaer and Feheley Fine Arts, in collaboration with the Cahén archives, is pleased to announce the Canadian premiere of … Read More

“Kenojuak Ashevak: To Make Something Beautiful” Collector’s talk

Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak, over her lifetime, became a national and international art star; Companion of the Order of Canada, and the holder of two honorary degrees, as well as the subject of several books and films. She was born in a camp near Kinngait in 1927. The exhibition, Kenojuak Ashevak: To Make Something Beautiful features incredibly rare and coveted … Read More

Kenojuak Ashevak: To Make Something Beautiful

Exhibition opened October 17, 2023 “For my subject matter I don’t start off and pick a subject as such; that’s not my way of addressing a drawing. My way of doing it is to start without a preconceived plan of exactly what I am going to execute in full, and so I come up with a small part of it … Read More

Kenojuak Ashevak: Queen of Canadian Art

This blog comes from a two-part series from guest writer, Edd Guarino. Edd is an established contemporary art collector, specializing in Native American and Inuit Art. For art lovers and collectors worldwide, Kenojuak Ashevak’s prints are the face of both Inuit and contemporary Canadian art.  Though famous for her prints, Kenojuak produced art in a variety of other media such … Read More