Canadian First Nations (Inuit), 20th century, female.
Born 1927, in South Ikerasak/Ikerrasak (Baffin Island). Died January 2013.
Sculptor (stone/plaster), engraver, lithographer, watercolourist, draughtsman. Birds and animals.
Kenojuak Ashevak produced some of the most widely recognized and appreciated Inuit art of her generation and due to her success was able to transcend her role as an artist to hold an iconic status within Canadian national consciousness. She began stone-cutting in the 1950s but soon became better known for her skills in drawing and printmaking. Two of her prints were selected to appear on Canadian postage stamps. With several other Cape Dorset Inuit and with the guidance of James Houston, an early promoter of Inuit art, she formed the West Baffin Cooperative Print Studio in ...