In Memoriam: Inuit Artists Remembered


On January 8, 2013 Canada lost one of the country’s best-loved Inuit artists, Kenojuak Ashevak. She entered the art scene in 1959 when her print Rabbit Eating Seaweed was included in the inaugural print collection produced by a pioneer group of artists in Cape Dorset. Her most famous print, Enchanted Owl, created for the 1960 print collection, has become an artistic icon since it was featured on Canada Post stamp in 1970. Kenojuak continued to create drawings for six decades until late 2012.

The Inuit art world has also lost several other respected artists in recent years. Kanganginak Pootoogook of Cape Dorset, whose artistic career  was as long as that of Kenojuak, was much beloved for his sensitive representations of Arctic wildlife in drawings, prints, and sculpture.

Cape Dorset sculptor Pauta Saila created polar bears that have been among the most coveted by Inuit art collectors. Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok of Arviat was one of the few female Inuit artists to gain international recognition as a sculptor in a form dominated by men.

Jacob Irkok of Arviat usually created his sculptures from caribou antler rather than stone with a style that was distinctive for its delicately-rendered detail and naturalistic movement.

Baker Lake artist Simon Tookoome translated shamanic subjects through a distinctive reversal of negative and positive space in his graphic art and sculpture.

This exhibition features works by each of these talented artists, honouring their significant accomplishments.

Kenojuak Ashevak, printmaker Eegyvudluk Pootoogook, The Enchanted Owl, 1960

Related Programs & Events

Past Programs & Events

  • In Memoriam: Inuit Artists Remembered

    Exhibition tour with Curator Darlene Coward Wight.

    Wednesday October 2, 2013 at 12pm

  • Kenojuak

    A NFB documentary on the life and work of Canadian artist Kenojuak Ashevak.

    Wednesday October 9, 2013 at 12pm


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