Kenojuak Ashevak










"I just take these things out of my thoughts and out of my imagination and I don’t really give any weight to the idea of its being an image of something. In other words, I am not trying to show what anything looks like in the material world... That is just my style and that is the way I started and that is the way I am today."
Kenojuak, from an interview with Jean Blodgett, 1980


Kenojuak attained worldwide recognition as one Canada's prominent icons of modern Inuit art and maintains a position of high esteem and value among Inuit art collectors and art galleries. Born in an igloo at Baffin Island on October 1927, she was the first woman to be involved with the print making co-operative at cape Dorset. She was extremely versatile in the use of different art media and produced a large collection of desired drawings, stonecut prints, etchings and prints. In recognition of her creativity, she became the subject of a National Film Board documentary by producer John Feeney titled Eskimo Artist: Kenojuak, about Kenojuak in 1963. She died in January, 2013. (Credits: DFA)

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