Qavavau Manumie

Kavavaow Mannomee preparing a print by Kenojuak Ashevak

Qavavau Manumie preparing a print by Kenojuak Ashevak

Name:
Qavavau Manumie (1958 – )
Gender:
Male
Style:
Inuit
Region:
Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada

“I like to draw animals, and images of people, sometimes combined. I enjoy the animals and the land, and I take what I see there to my drawings”

Qavavau born in Brandon, Manitoba in 1958 where his mother, Paunichea, was hospitalized for treatment of tuberculosis. He returned to Cape Dorset as a very young child and has lived there since.

Qavavau has demonstrated a range of stylistic abilities over the years – from the very literal to the more expressive. His work is idiosyncratic and often amusing in his depictions of Inuit legends and mythology, Arctic wildlife and contemporary aspects of Inuit life.

Qavavau is the latest among the second generation to attract critical acclaim from the contemporary arts audience in the south. He and Shuvinai Ashoona have been profiled, along with Nick Sikkuark of Gjoa Haven, in the Winnipeg-based arts magazine, Border Crossings. He traveled to Toronto in June of 2008 for his first solo exhibition of original drawings, and in 2009 to Vancouver for another exhibition featuring his contemporary work. He has been invited to attend an opening of this work in Victoria in the fall of 2012.

For several years Qavavau has worked for the Kinngait Studios as a printmaker – first in the lithography studio and more recently in the stonecut studio. He is an accomplished and precise printmaker who enjoys the opportunity to demonstrate printmaking techniques to young artists and visitors to the studio.

Qavavau lives with his wife and son Peter in Cape Dorset.

Art Work

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    'Arniniq Inuusiq (Breath of Life)' by Qavavau Manumie - Cape Dorset Inuit Art print

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    Cape Dorset 2017
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    Untitled 'Bird Shaman' by Qavavau Manumie

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    'Caribou Rescue’ by Qavavau Manumie

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    Cape Dorset 2019
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    'Celestial Flight' by Qavavau Manumie

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    Cape Dorset 2018
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    Untitled 'Circle of Life' by Qavavau Manumie

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    Original Drawing
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    'Distinguished Bear' by Qavavau Manumie

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    Cape Dorset 2020
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    Untitled 'Friendship' by Qavavau Manumie

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    Untitled 'Melting Ice' by Qavavau Manumie

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    'Morning Melody' by Qavavau Manumie - Cape Dorset

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    Cape Dorset 2009
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    Untitled 'Playing with Belugas' by Qavavau Manumie

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    Untitled 'Preparing for Flight' by Qavavau Manumie

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    'Siupiru (Shells)' by Qavavau Manumie - Cape Dorset

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    Cape Dorset 2012
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    'Song of Abundance' by Qavavau Manumie

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    Cape Dorset 2018
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    'Thinking of her Daughter' by Qavavau Manumie

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    'Whale' by Qavavau Manumie

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