Shuvinai Ashoona

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Artist Photo – Shuvinai Ashoona

Name:
Shuvinai Ashoona (1961 -)
Gender:
Female
Style:
Inuit
Region:
Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada


When I start to draw I remember things that I have experienced or seen. Although I do not attempt to recreate these images exactly, that is what might happen. Sometimes they come out more realistically but sometimes they turn out completely different. That is what happens when I draw.

-Shuvinai Ashoona (From “Ghost Noise”; Produced and directed by Marcia Connolly)

Shuvinai was born in Cape Dorset in August, 1961. She is the daughter of Kiawak Ashoona and Sorosilutu, both well known for their contributions to the arts in Cape Dorset.

Shuvinai began drawing in 1996. She works with pen and ink, colored pencils and oil sticks and her sensibility for the landscape around the community of Cape Dorset is particularly impressive. Her recent work is very personal and often meticulously detailed. Shuvinai’s work was first included in the Cape Dorset annual print collection in 1997 with two small dry-point etchings entitled Interior (97-33) and Settlement (97-34). Since then, she has become a committed and prolific graphic artist, working daily in the Kinngait Studios

Shuvinai’s work has attracted the attention of several notable private galleries as well as public institutions. She was featured along with her aunt, Napachie Pootoogook, and her grandmother, the late Pitseolak Ashoona, in the McMichael Canadian Collection’s 1999 exhibition entitled

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    Untitled (A Night at the Nursing Station)

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    Untitled (ABC) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (Amigos) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    'April Fools' by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (At the Co-Op) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (Baby Grandparents) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    "Camp Site" by Suvinai Ashoona

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    Cape Dorset 2008
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    'Caring for Creatures' by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Cape Dorset 2022
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    Untitled (Cleaning Bearskin) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (Cleaning Seals) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (Culture Exchange) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (Cutting Seals) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (Daycare) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (End of the Day) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (Family Day) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (First Class Travel) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    'Floating Leaves' by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    'Garden of Eden' by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    'Global Currents' by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Cape Dorset 2015
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    'Going Home from Shopping' by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (Going Out) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (Grooming Dinner) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (Hatchlings) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (Imaginary Friends) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (Look at What I Drew) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    'Mending the World' by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Cape Dorset 2022
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    'Midnite Only Near the Beach' by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    'Namonai’s Tent' by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (New Day) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    'On the Land' by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Cape Dorset 2022
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    'Purple Bones' by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (Red Bull) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (School Year End) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (Scraping Sealskin) by Shuvinai Ashoona & Padloo Samayualie

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    Untitled (Sewing Something) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (Sunny Day) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    'Tasiupata' by Shuvinai Ashoona & Padloo Samayualie

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    'Tentacles' by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Cape Dorset 2018
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    Untitled (The Worlds Above) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (We're all in it) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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    Untitled (What I did Last Summer) by Shuvinai Ashoona

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