Inuit Artists – Cape Dorset

Akesuk Tudlik

Cape Dorset

Tudlik began carving in the very early 1950s. He carved mostly animals throughout the 1950s, including bears, but especially charming owls that influenced his son, the famous Latcholassie Akesuk

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Aoudla Pudlat

Cape Dorset

Aoudla has exhibited with the Cape Dorset Graphics collection from 1980-1989, with the exception of 1985. As well he has participated in “Emerging Canadian Artists” in 1981. His exhibitions also include: “Dorset Lithos ’83 – A new direction”, “Inuit Art at Rideau Hall ’83-’84”, and “Die Kunst Aus der Arktis ’86”.

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Axangayuk Shaa

Cape Dorset

Axangayuk Shaa – Cape Dorset, Inuit Artist Name: Axangayuk Shaa (1967 – )
Gender: Male
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
*Aqjangajuk, who began carving in the lae 1950’s, does not do a great deal of detailing; instead he works for a total…

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Cee Pootoogook

Cape Dorset

Cee Pootoogook was born on August 1, 1967. Around 1990, Cee began carving and he developed a solid reputation for his curious and well executed depictions of spirits and transformations.

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Eegyvudluk Ragee

Cape Dorset

“I started drawing because I was tususkuk (when I saw other people doing it, I wanted to do the same things)…When I start to make a drawing, I have a picture in my mind, but when I try to put that picture on paper, my hands won’t do what my mind wants. When I have the picture in my head, I can’t get it out by my hands. Sometimes I find it hard to draw when my children are in the house; I find it hard to think with so much noise around me. I make the kids go outside.” — Eegyvudluk

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Eleeshushe Parr

Cape Dorset

Eleeshushe Parr was married to famous sculptor and printmaker Parr. They raised nine children together and worked to become some of the most prolific artists in Cape Dorset. The couple led a nomadic lifestyle until the 1960’s, when Parr’s husband grew too old to hunt, and they settled in Cape Dorset. She contributed to the Cape Dorset Graphics annual collection between 1966 and 1970 and participated in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States and in Sweden producing over 1,160 drawings.

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Enoosik Ottokie

Cape Dorset

Name: Enoosik Ottokie (1953 –  )
Gender: Female
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
Enoosik Ottokie’s mother was the well-known graphic artist Keeleemeeomee Tunnillie. Enoosik’s passion is jewellery making. She earned a certificate in jewellery making at Arctic College in 2004 and while there she also took a…

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Haunak Mikkigak

Cape Dorset

A daughter of graphic artist Mary Kudjuakjuk, Qaunaq grew up traditionally on the land and began to make small carvings after her father’s death when she was still a girl. She married Oqutaq Mikkigak; they were encouraged by James and Alma Houston to make carvings.

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Innukjuakju Pudlat

Cape Dorset

Name: Innukjuakju Pudlat (1890 – 1966)
Gender: Female
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
Pudlat (alternatively known as Inukjurakju, Innukjuakjuk, Inujurakju, Innukjuakjuk Pudlat, Inukjurakju Pudlat, Innukyuarakjuke Pudlat, Innukjuarakjuke Pudlat) was a graphic artist with the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in Cape Dorset. She and her husband Pudlo…

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Itee Pootoogook

Cape Dorset

Itee Pootoogook Name: Itee Pootoogook (1951 – 2014)
Gender: Male
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
A resident of Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Itee Pootoogook belongs to a new generation of Inuit artists who are transforming and reshaping the creative traditions that were successfully…

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Iyola Kingwatsiak

Cape Dorset

Iyola Kingwatsiak’s wife is a graphic artist. Several of his siblings are or were also artists in Cape Dorset. His sister the late Tye Adla (1936-1990) was a carver and graphic artist.

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Jamasie Teevee

Cape Dorset

Jamasie began to draw in the early 1960s while living in an Inuit Camp on the coastline of southern Baffin Island. During that time, he concentrated primarily on the copper engraving technique, ferrying copper plates back and forth between his campsite and the co-operative in Cape Dorset.

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Jutai Toonoo

Cape Dorset

With a vision that is at once highly personal and often politically subversive, Cape Dorset’s Jutai Toonoo is a dynamic voice in contemporary Inuit art and in Canadian art more generally. Born in 1959, Toonoo belongs to the first generation of Inuit to grow up in permanent year-round settlements as opposed to small seasonal camps. He learned to carve by watching his father

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Kakulu Saggiaktok

Cape Dorset

I like to draw birds, Sedna, seals and beluga whales. They are the most fun and I really enjoy seeing them in the wild.

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Kananginak Pootoogook, RCA

Cape Dorset

Kananginak Pootoogook, sculptor, designer, draftsman, printmaker (born a Ikerrasak camp, south Baffin Island, NWT, 1935). Son of the great camp leader, Pootoogook, he came to Cape Dorset in 1958, when James Houston brought printmaking to the North. He became one of the four original printers. Kananginak works in all media, including silk-screen printing of textiles.

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Kenojuak Ashevak, RCA, CC

Cape Dorset

When I first started to make a few lines on paper, my love, Johnniebo, smiled at me and said, ‘Inumn,’ which means ‘I love you.’ I just knew inside his heart that he almost cried knowing that I was trying my best to say something on a piece of paper that would bring food to the family. I guess I was thinking of the animals and beautiful flowers that covered our beautiful, untouched land

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Kiakshuk

Cape Dorset

Kiakshuk (Keeakshook) was born in 1886 on the south coast of Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin Island), Nunavut. He would move with his family to the Andrew Gordon Bay area east of Cape Dorset (Baffin Island) in the early 1900s. He died in April 1966.

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Killiktee Killiktee

Cape Dorset

Artist Photo – Killiktee Killiktee Name: Killiktee Killiktee (1987 –  )
Gender: Male
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
Killiktee Killiktee comes from a long line of artists starting with his father, Shortie Killiktee. His grandparents on his mother’s side, Kopapik Ragee and…

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Kingmeata Etidlooie

Cape Dorset

Born at Itinik camp near Lake Harbor, Northwest Territories, Canada, Kingmeata Etidlooie grew up and spent most of the first half of her life in similar sites along the southwest coast of Baffin Island. She began to carve and to draw in the late 1950s after the death of her first husband, Elijah.

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Kovinaktilliak Parr

Cape Dorset

Kovinaktilliak is the son of well-known graphic artists Parr and Eleeshushe. He is the brother of carver Eqaluk Parr, carver Nuna Parr (by adoption), the late carver Pauloosie Tooloogak, and printmaker Oqsuralik Ottokie.

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Kudluajuk Ashoona

Cape Dorset

Kudluajuk Ashoona was born in Cape Dorset on December 2, 1958. Her biological parents were the well-known carvers, Kabubuwa and Tayara Tunnillie. She was adopted by the family of the notable graphic artist, Simeonie Quppapik. Kudluajuk did not seriously begin to make art until 2011.

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Lizzie Saggiak

Cape Dorset

Born in Arctic Quebec, Lizzie Saggiak remembers crossing Hudson Strait with her family to settle at Igalaalik Camp in the Andrew Gordon Bay area. Lizzie’s husband Saggiak (1897-1980), who was also an artist, moved his family to Cape Dorset after obtaining a permanent job at the nursing station there.

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Lucy Qinnuayuak

Cape Dorset

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.

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Malaija Pootoogook

Cape Dorset

Malaija Pootoogook was born in Iqaluit in the cold winter month of January, 1971. She is the adopted daughter of Paulassie Pootoogook and Ishuhungitok Pootoogook, both now deceased. Malaija has been surrounded by artists in her family.

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Mary Pudlat

Cape Dorset

A prolific Canadian Inuit artist, Mary Pudlat retains clear memories of her early years living in the traditional Inuit hunting lifestyle in the area near Povungnituk in Arctic Quebec. Orphaned as a teenager, she lived for a while with her brother in Ivujivik before moving to Baffin Island in the early-1940s.

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Mayoreak Ashoona

Cape Dorset

Mayoreak Ashoona – Inuit artist from Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts

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Meelia Kelly

Cape Dorset

Artist Photo – Meelia Kelly Name: Meelia Kelly (1940 – 2006)
Gender: Female
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
Meelia Kelly was the younger sister of the late Sheojuk Etidlooie. Like her sister, Meelia was a latecomer to the graphic arts, and her…

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Melia Jaw

Baker Lake

Melia is a talented and prolific carver. She is married to Cape Dorset artist, Joe Jaw and they have five sons. Melia has strongly encouraged them to learn the art of carving. Her sons, Pootoogook, Noah, Qiliqti, Salomonie and Kingwatsiak Jaw have all become carvers in Cape Dorset.

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Mialia Jaw

Cape Dorset

Mialia was born August 10, 1934. A handsome woman in her early 70s, she too has come late to the stable of the Kinngait Studios. She is represented in the 2005 annual print collection by two images, both lithographs printed in bold, primary colors.

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Mosesee Mangitak

Cape Dorset

Name: Mosesee Mangitak (1964 –  )
Gender: Female
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
Mosesee comes from a family that has had as its members, a longlist of very well-known and respected artists. Mosesee herself however did not begin drawing until very recently. Mosesee has explored several…

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Napachie Pootoogook

Cape Dorset

Name: Napachie Pootoogook (1938 – 2002)
Gender: Female
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
“Born at Sako, a traditional Inuit camp on the southwest coast of Baffin Island, Northwest Territories, Canada, Napatchie Pootoogook is the only surviving daughter of one of Inuit art’s most important figures, Pitseolak…

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Nicotye Samayualie

Cape Dorset

Nicotye is the daughter of Kudluarjuk Ashoona and Johny Tunnillie Samayualie. Nicotye’s grandmother, Keeleemeeoomee Samayualie was a well-known graphic artist whose prints were represented in the Cape Dorset annual print collections throughout the 1970s and ’80s.

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Ningeokuluk Teevee

Cape Dorset

Born May 27, 1963, Ningeokuluk is the daughter of Joanasie Salomonie (deceased) and his wife Kanajuk. Her father, Joanasie, was much loved in Cape Dorset for his sense of humour, mischief and compassion. Ningeokuluk works full-time for the department of Housing in Cape Dorset, and devotes her spare time to her family and whatever time she can to her drawing, which she does at home.

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Nujalia Quvianaqtuliaq

Cape Dorset

Artist Photo – Nujalia Quvianaqtuliaq   Name: Nujalia Quvianaqtuliaq (1972 – )
Gender: Male
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
Nujalia Quvianaqtuliaq – Signature Nujalia started in the lithograph studio as a sponger and in 2014 became a lithograph…

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Nuna Parr

Cape Dorset

Artist Photo – Nuna Parr Name: Nuna Parr (1949 –  )
Gender: Male
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
Nuna was born near Cape Dorset and lived with his adoptive parents, the graphic artists Parr and Eleeshushe. The family moved to Cape Dorset in…

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Ohito Ashoona

Cape Dorset

Artist Photo – Ohito Ashoona Name: Ohito Ashoona (1952  – )
Gender: Male
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
The son of artists Mayureak Ashoona and Qaqaq Ashoona, Ohito learned to carve from his father and from his uncle, Kiawak Ashoona. Ohito began…

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Ohotaq Mikkigak

Cape Dorset

Ohotaq began drawing in the early years of the print program in Cape Dorset, and his print, “Eskimo Fox Trapper” was released in 1961. He became less involved with drawing as the community grew, working instead for various community agencies in full-time wage employment.

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Olooreak Etungat

Cape Dorset

Name: Olooreak Etungat (1971  –  )
Gender: Female
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
Olooreak Etungat is an adoptive daughter of Abraham Etungat, a well-known sculptor from Cape Dorset.   Although she has taken a couple of jewelry courses, Olooreak is largely a self-taught artist who was inspired…

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Ooloosie Saila

Cape Dorset

As a child, Ooloosie was inspired to draw through occasional visits to the home of Kenojuak Ashevak.  At age 14 she won first prize at her high school drawing contest.

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Padloo Samayualie

Cape Dorset

Padloo Samayualie, Inuit Artist – Cape Dorset Name: Padloo Samayualie (1977 – )
Gender: Female
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
Padloo Samayualie comes from a family of well-known artists. Her grandparents on her mother’s side are renowned sculptors Qababuwa and Taraya Tunnillie…

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Papiara Tukiki

Cape Dorset

I enjoy drawing animals and I’m amazed at how they survive up here in the north. Without them, my family would never have survived. I also draw people camping because I am reminded of old times when we lived on the land. Those were good times

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PARR

Cape Dorset

Parr is a highly important artist from twentieth century Inuit art history. His drawings visualize an important period of transition from semi-nomadic life to relocation in settlements. While Parr’s work was unappreciated during his lifetime and often considered crude and childish, has now been the subject of many major exhibitions after his death.

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Pauojoungie Saggiak

Cape Dorset

Growing up Pauojoungie lived in various camps, the last one being just southeast of Cape Dorset. It is here that she had an opportunity to see all manner of birds and animals which she enjoyed so much that she began drawing wildlife. Pauojoungie and his family moved to the Cape Dorset community in the 1970s.

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Pauta Saila, RCA

Cape Dorset

Pauta grew up on the land and began carving as a teenager, making implements and tools from ivory. Later, he carved narrative camp and hunting scenes.

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Pee Ashevak

Cape Dorset

Name: Pee Ashevak (1965 –  )
Gender: Female
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
Pee Ashevak was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut in 1965. She was adopted by Johnnybo and Kenojuak Ashevak and has two sisters and three brothers. Pee is a single mother of five daughters…

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Pitaloosie Saila, RCA

Cape Dorset

Pitaloosie was born in 1942 on the southwest coast of Baffin Island near what is now the community of Cape Dorset. She spent her childhood years in various hospitals in Quebec and Ontario for treatment of tuberculosis. She learned English during this time, and recalls the difficulty she experienced in relearning her native language upon her return to Baffin Island in 1957.

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Pitseolak Ashoona, RCA OC

Cape Dorset

Pitseolak was the mother of several Cape Dorset artists, the Ashoonas: Ottochie, Koomwartok, Kaka, and Kiawak; and Napatchie Pootoogook. She is a member of the Order of Canada and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1974.

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Pitseolak Niviaqsi

Cape Dorset

Pitseolak Niviaqsi – Inuk artist from Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.

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Pudlo Pudlat

Cape Dorset

Pudlo Pudlat lived for much of his life in the Kimmirut region, hunting and fishing to provide for his family. He moved to Cape Dorset in the late 1950s, and here he began his career as an artist. His early drawings are simple outlines made with lead pencil.

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Qaluituk Kingwatsiaq

Cape Dorset

Qaluituk took part in the 2010 etching workshop in Cape Dorset conducted by Studio PM and her unusual drawing of a feathered fan in the shape of a butterfly (Tarrilikitaarq, 2012 – 24) was included in the 2012 collection. Her favourite subjects are birds and scenes depicting people engaged in traditional outings and chores.

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Qaunaq Mikkigak

Baker Lake

A daughter of graphic artist Mary Kudjuakjuk, Qaunaq grew up traditionally on the land and began to make small carvings after her father’s death when she was still a girl. She married Oqutaq Mikkigak; they were encouraged by James and Alma Houston to make carvings. Qaunaq made some drawings in 1960 and in the late 1970s but preferred carving.

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Qavavau Manumie

Cape Dorset

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…

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Quvianaqtuk Pudlat

Cape Dorset

Quvianaqtuk Pudlat Name: Quvianaqtuk Pudlat (1962 – )
Gender: Male
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
Quvianaqtuq’s parents were both printmaking artists and his grandfather Simeonie Quppapik was a well -known artist, printmaker and typographer. For many years Quvianaqtuk was a well-respected sculpture…

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Quvianatuliak Takpaungai

Baker Lake

Kov was one of the youngest artists to be selected for the important exhibition “Sculpture/Inuit. Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic,” which toured the world (1971-73). He has continued to produce work that is both powerful and memorable, often on a large scale.

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Saggiassie Ragee

Cape Dorset

Saggiassie (Sakiassie) lived for many years in Tikirak camp near Cape Dorset.  “The old way of drawing was very different.  There was a lot of imagination then.  Now, actual creatures and other things are drawn.  I drew lots of subjects from traditional life.  I also drew lots of things that are imaginary because I didn’t know what to draw,”

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Saimaiyu Akesuk

Cape Dorset

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.

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Sarni Pootoogook

Cape Dorset

Sharnie is the sister of Pauta, a well-known carver. She was married to the carver and graphic artist, Pudlat Pootoogook (1919 – 1985). Sharni’s daughter, Sarah Putuguk is a printmaker; her adopted son, Elijah Pootookgook, is a carver and graphic artist.

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Sheojuk Etidlooie

Cape Dorset

Etidlooie’s style was both minimal and abstract. Her most frequent subjects were animals, including dogs, caribou, fish and often birds. Etidlooie visualized figures as loosely naturalistic to outright fantastical depicting creatures originating from Inuit oral traditions and her own imagination.

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Sheouak Petaulassie

Cape Dorset

Sheouak Petaulassie (also known as Sheouak, Sheowa Sheouak, Sheowak Sheouak, Sheoak Sheouak) was involved with the graphic art production at the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. She was one of the first Inuit to incorporate Southern material culture into her drawings in pieces like “The Pot Spirits” (1960).

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Shuvinai Ashoona

Cape Dorset

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.

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Simionie Teevee

Cape Dorset

Simionie began to draw around 2010. He was inspired by his wife, well known artist Ningiukulu Teevee and his work is influenced by memories of watching his father Jamasie Teevee draw when Simionie was growing up.

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Sita Saila

Cape Dorset

Name: Sita Saila (1947 –  )
Gender: Female
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
Influenced by her father, Manumie Shaqu and her late husband Mikisiti Saila, both very prominent cape Dorset artists, Sita began carving stone sculptures in 1964. Although she has done only a small number…

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Tim Pitsiulak

Cape Dorset

I am a hunter and I know the land and animals of the north. I am particularly inspired by the bowhead whale, because nobody really knows much about them. My inspiration to be an artist comes from my aunt, Kenojuak Ashevak, because she is the oldest and the best.

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Tukiki Manomie

Cape Dorset

Tukiki’s easily recognized carvings used the basic shapes of hands, claws and antlers as motifs , carving the appendages into bird and animal heads that expressed his vision of the natural world as being interconnected and interrelated. Tukiki’s work is included in many prominent museums and private collections throughout Canada and he had a strong following in Germany where he traveled to attend one of his solo exhibitions in 1988.

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Ulayu Pingwartok

Cape Dorset

Inuit graphic artist Ulayu Pingwartok was born near Lake Harbour on southwestern Baffin Island in 1904. She started drawing after she moved into the settlement of Cape Dorset in 1959

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