Saimaiyu Akesuk

Artist Photo - Saimaiyu Akesuk

Artist Photo – Saimaiyu Akesuk

Name:
Saimaiyu Akesuk (1988 -)
Gender:
Female
Style:
Inuit
Region:
Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada


When I went down to the litho shop to sell my first drawing, I was very nervous wondering whether they would buy it or not. My first drawing was an image of my late grandfather’s (Latchaolassie) carving of a bird. I was so proud to get paid for that drawing and it inspired me to do more drawings. -Saimaiyu Akesuk

Saimaiyu Akesuk was born on April 28, 1988 in Iqaluit but she has lived in Cape Dorset her whole life. Her parents are Lau Akesuk and Olayuk Akesuk who was one of the first Members of the Legislative Assembly in Nunavut. Saimaiyu was inspired to start drawing by Ningeokuluk Teevee while they were taking a class together at the Nunavut Teaching Education Program. Saimaiyu’s confident drawings of birds and bears are characterized by her bold and dynamic simplicity rendered with soft tenderness and quite often a touch of whimsy.

Art Work

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    'Bear’s Reflection' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Bear’s Reflection

    Cape Dorset 2021
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    'Bird on Parade’ by Saimaiyu Akesuk - Cape Dorset 2018

    Bird on Parade

    Cape Dorset 2018
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    'Blushing Bird’ by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Blushing Bird

    Cape Dorset 2019
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    'Checkered Bear' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Checkered Bear

    Cape Dorset 2018
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    'Courting Birds' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Courting Birds

    Cape Dorset 2015
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    'Drifting Home' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Drifting Home

    Cape Dorset 2021
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    'Fox’ by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Fox

    Cape Dorset 2019
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    'Heads Up’ by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Heads Up

    Cape Dorset 2019
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    'Latchaolassie’s Birds' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Latchaolassie’s Birds

    Cape Dorset 2013
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    'Long Flight' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Long Flight

    Cape Dorset 2021
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    "Looking Up" by Saimaiyu Akesuk - Inuit - Cape Dorset 2013

    Looking Up

    Cape Dorset 2013
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    'Pink Lemming' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Pink Lemming

    Cape Dorset 2015
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    'Purple Bear' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Purple Bear

    Cape Dorset 2015
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    'Qaumajaq (Fly)' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Qaumajaq (Fly)

    Cape Dorset 2014
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    "Radiant Spirit" by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Radiant Spirit

    Cape Dorset 2014
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    "Reflection" by Saimaiyu Akesuk - Inuit - Cape Dorset 2013

    Reflection

    Cape Dorset 2013
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    'Rippling Birds' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Rippling Birds

    Cape Dorset 2020
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    'Sparkling Bird' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Sparkling Bird

    Cape Dorset 2020
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    'Spirit Guides' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Spirit Guides

    Cape Dorset 2021
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    'Striped Bear' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Striped Bear

    Cape Dorset 2018
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    'Three Headed Bird' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Three Headed Bird

    Original Drawing
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    'Tilt' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Tilt

    Cape Dorset 2015
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    'Together' by Saimaiyu Akesuk

    Together

    Cape Dorset 2017