Lucy Qinnuayuak

Name:
Lucy Qinnuayuak (1915 – 1982)
Gender:
Female
Style:
Inuit
Region:
Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada


“Lucy Qinnuayuak is a prolific graphic artist, well known for illustrations of her favorite theme — the bird image, either singularly or in groups, and in all sorts of situations or relationships. She also depicts other themes which spring from her personal interpretation of the Canadian Inuit traditional way of life. She was born in Salluit, in northern Quebec. At a very young age Qinnuayuak, along with her mother and sister, moved to Baffin Island, Northwest Territories, where they lived in Cape Dorset and in several outpost camps. She met her husband, Tikituk, a sculptor and graphic artist, at Supujuak camp where they enjoyed a traditional way of life. In the early 1960s they moved to Cape Dorset.

Qinnuayuak started to draw in the 1950s while living in Supujuak camp. Her drawings were turned into graphics from 1961 until 1983, excluding 1973. She also created her own plastic repertoire of forms that clearly defines the aesthetic values in her works. Over the years she has drawn all kinds of birds in various poses — the features of their eyes and feathers connecting them to each other. In her compositions movement and stability are often ambiguously juxtaposed.

At the end of the 1970s Qinnuayuak began working with acrylic paint in conjunction with other mixed media. Her compositions from that period are colorful, extremely vibrant, and powerful. They are also much more elaborate and complex with a broader story line. Qinnuayuak’s art is realistic and humorous, and it reflects the traditional Inuit way of life.”
Odette Leroux in in “North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary”, 1995

Art Work

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    'A Display of Feathers' by Lucy Qinnuayuak

    A Display of Feathers

    Cape Dorset 1982
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    'Bird Spirit with Seals' by Lucy Qinnuayuak

    Bird Spirit with Seals

    Cape Dorset 1974
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    'Children Followed by Bird Spirit' by Lucy Qinnuayuak

    Children Followed by Bird Spirit

    Cape Dorset 1967
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    "Dancing Bird" by Lucy Qinnuayuak - Inuit - Cape Dorset 1967

    Dancing Bird

    Cape Dorset 1967
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    'Feathered Trio' by Lucy Qinnuayuak

    Feathered Trio

    Cape Dorset 1968
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    'Gathering of Birds' by Lucy Qinnuayuak

    Gathering of Birds

    Cape Dorset 1971
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    'Igloo Dwellers' by Lucy Qinnuayuak - Cape Dorset 1969

    Igloo Dwellers

    Cape Dorset 1969
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    "Opialuk" by Lucy Qinnuayuak - Inuit - Cape Dorset 1975

    Opialuk

    Cape Dorset 1975
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    'Spirits' by Lucy Qinnuayuak

    Spirits

    Cape Dorset 1968
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    'Talk of Birds’ by Lucy Qinnuayuak

    Talk of Birds

    Cape Dorset 1967
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    'Three Birds' by Lucy Qinnuayuak

    Three Birds

    Cape Dorset 1968
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    'Three Birds with a Fish' by Lucy Qinnuayuak

    Three Birds with a Fish

    Cape Dorset 1969
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    "Umiak Hunters Chasing Seabirds" by Lucy Qinnuayuak - Inuit - Cape Dorset 1976

    Umiak Hunters Chasing Seabirds

    Cape Dorset 1976
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    "Untitled #08 (Bird and Seal)" by Lucy Qinnuayuak - Inuit - Cape Dorset 1962

    Untitled #08 (Bird and Seal)

    Cape Dorset 1962
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    'Winter Owl' by Lucy Qinnuayuak

    Winter Owl

    Cape Dorset 1965
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