Saimaiyu Akesuk


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.

From: DFA

8 artworks

Northern Expressions I 2013 Cape Dorset Print Collection
Saimaiyu Akesuk
LATCHAOLASSIE’S BIRDS
$450.00
Qaumajaq (Fly) bySaimaiyu Akesuk. Cape Dorset Inuit Print
Saimaiyu Akesuk
QAUMAJAQ (Fly)
$800.00
Northern Expressions I 2014 Cape Dorset Print Collection
Saimaiyu Akesuk
QUAMAJAQ (FLY)
$800.00
Northern Expressions I 2014 Cape Dorset Print Collection
Saimaiyu Akesuk
RADIANT SPIRIT
$800.00
Courting Birds by Saimaiyu Akesuk. Cape Dorset Inuit Print
Saimaiyu Akesuk
Saimaiyu Akesuk (Courting Birds)
$1,000.00
Purple Bear by Saimaiyu Akesuk. Cape Dorset Inuit Print
Saimaiyu Akesuk
Saimaiyu Akesuk (Purple Bear)
$600.00
Tilt by Saimaiyu Akesuk. 2015 Cape Dorset Inuit Print
Saimaiyu Akesuk
Saimaiyu Akesuk (Tilt)
$500.00
Northern Expressions I 2014 Cape Dorset Print Collection
Saimaiyu Akesuk
STRIPED GOOSE
$600.00