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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 1993. She works with pen and ink, coloured 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 “Three Women, Three Generations”. More Recently she was profiled along with Qavavau Manumie of Cape Dorset and Nick Sikkuark of Gjoa Haven in the Spring 2008 issue of Border Crossings, a Winnipeg-based arts magazine.
In an unusual contemporary collaboration, Shuvinai recently worked with Saskatchewan-based artist, John Noestheden, on a "sky-mural" that was exhibited at the 2008 Basel Art Fair and was shown again at Toronto’s 2008 "Nuit Blanche". It later traveled to the 18th Biennale of Sydney in 2012 and in 2013 it was part of ‘Sakahans’ an exhibition of international Indigenous art at the National Gallery of Canada. In 2009 her work was presented alongside Toronto-based artist Shari Boyle at the Justina Barnicke Gallery at Hart House.
Shuvinai is also the subject of a documentary art film, Ghost Noise, produced and directed by Marcia Connolly. Shuvinai is slowly gaining more international attention and in 2013 she was included in the prestigious Phaudin publication, ‘Vitamin D2. New Perspectives in Drawing’. Shuvinai was represented at SITElines 2014 Unsettled Landscapes in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
Born on August, 1961 in Cape Dorset, NU. Nationality is Inuit
2017 Cape Dorset Graphics (annual collection) (illustrated catalogue)
2014-2015 SITElines: New Perspectives on the Art of the Americas (Unsettled Landscapes), SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
2014 North - South Encounter, Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain, Montreal, PQ
2014 Cape Dorset: New Generation, Willock and Sax Gallery- Banff Art Gallery, Banff, AB
2014 Views from the North: Original Drawings from Cape Dorset, Alaska on Madison, New York, NY
2014 North South Encounter, Pierre - Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain, Montreal, PQ
2014 Cape Dorset Graphics (annual collection) (illustrated catalogue)
2014 Women of the Ashoona Family: Inuit Print Retrospective, The Guild Shop, Toronto, ON
2013-2014 Winter Show: Gallery Artists, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2013 Shuvinai Ashoona: Merged Realities, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
2013 Where Do We Come From? What are We? Where are We Going? Identity in Contemporary Cape Dorset Art, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
2013 Animal Power: Images in Contemporary Inuit Art, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2013 Dorset Seen, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
2013 New Voices from the New North, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
2013 Shuvinai Ashoona and John Noestheden: Earth and Sky, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
2013 Sakahan: International Indigenious Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON (illustrated catalogue)
2013 Toronto International Art Fair, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON
2013 Sanaunguabik: Traditions and Transformations in Inuit Art, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2013 Cape Dorset Prints, Gallery 210, St. Louis, MO
2012-2013 Telling Stories: Inuit Art from Cape Dorset Toronto Pearson International Airport (Terminal 1) Toronto, ON
2012-2013 Oh, Canada: National Dreams Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art North Adams, MA
2012 Shuvinai Ashoona, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2012 Dorset Now, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2012 Sky Ecchymosis: Part of the Series - Women of the Arctic, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montreal, PQ & Toronto, ON
2012 The Unexpected, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2012 18th Biennale of Sydney: All our Relations, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2012 Shuvinai’s World(s), Feheley FIne Arts, Toronto, ON
2011-2012 Women in Charge, Inuit Contemporary Women Artists, Museo Nazionale Preistorica Etnografica, “Luigi Pigorini”, Rome, Italy (illustrated catalogue)
2010-2011 Ijurnaqtut, Whimsy, Wit and Humor in Inuit Art, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
2010-2011 It Is What It Is, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
2011 Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON (Illustrated catalogue)
2011 Contemporary Reflections, The Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, PQ
2011 Gallery Artists, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2011 Dorset Large: Large Scale drawings from the Kinngait Studios, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON (illustrated catalogue)
2011 Dorset Annual Print Collection, Galerie d’Art Vincent, Ottawa, ON
2011 Surreal: Eight Artists in the Fantastical Tradition, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2011 Contemporary North: Drawings from Cape Dorset, Madrona Gallery, Victoria, BC
2011 Cape Dorset Graphics (annual collection) (illustrated catalogue)
2010 Facing Forward – New Works from Kinngait Studios, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010 Uuturautiit: Cape Dorset Celebrates 50 Years of Printmaking, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON (illustrated catalogue)
2010 Big, Bold and Beautiful: Large Scale Drawings from Cape Dorset, Museum of Inuit Art, Toronto, ON
2010 Monster, West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver, BC
2010 North Meets South, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2010 The Drawing Room, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010 Nipirasait: Many Voices, Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset, The Canadian Embassy Art Gallery, Washington, DC
2010 Cape Dorset Graphics (annual collection) (illustrated catalogue)
2009-2010 Nunannguaq: In the Likeness of the Earth, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
2009 Shuvenai Ashoona Drawings, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
2009 Extreme Drawing, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009 Noise Ghost, Shary Boyle and Shuvinai Ashoona, Justina M. Barnike Gallery, Hart House, Toronto, ON
2009 Mixed Media from Cape Dorset, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2009-2010 Arctic Spirit: 50th Anniversary of Cape Dorset’s Kinngait Studios, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
2009 Kenojuak Ashevak RCA, CC and Shuvinai Ashoona, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
2009 Cape Dorset Graphics (annual collection) (illustrated catalogue)
2008 Earth and Sky, Stadhimmel Citysky Project, Basel, Switzerland
2008 The Basel Project, Shuvenai Ashoona and John Noesthedan, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2008 Breaking Ground: New Oil Stick Drawings from Cape Dorset, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2008 Never let the Facts get in the way of the Truth, Western Front, Vancouver, BC
2008 Cape Dorset Graphics (annual collection) (illustrated catalogue)
2007 Burning Cold: Emerging Artists from Across, The North and South, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YK
2007 Three Cousins, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2007 Cape Dorset Graphics (annual collection) (illustrated catalogue)
2006-2007 Ashoona: Third Wave, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
2006 Shuvinai Ashoona: Time Interrupted, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2006 Drawing Restraint, Saw Gallery, Ottawa, ON (catalogue)
2006 Landscape – Contemporary Inuit Drawings, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC (catalogue)
2006 Cape Dorset Graphics (annual collection) (illustrated catalogue)
2005 Unique Visions, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2005 Oye Canada,VIP Lounge, Canadian Pavilion, Expo205, Aichi, Japan
2003 Cape Dorset Graphics (annual collection) (illustrated catalogue)
2001 Transitions 2 Indian and Inuit Art Centre Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Montreal, PQ (tour) (illustrated catalogue)
2001 Art by Women: An investigation of Inuit Sculpture and Graphics Feheley Fine Arts Toronto, ON
2000 Shuvinai Ashoona and Annago Ashevak Inuit Gallery of Vancouver Vancouver, BC
1999 Three Women, Three Generations: Drawings by Pitseolak Ashoona, Napatchie Pootoogook and Shuvinai Ashoona, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON (illustrated catalogue)
Inuit Art Centre, Indian and Northern Affairs, Ottawa, ON
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
The National Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Art Gallery of Ontario
2007 Galleries West
Ryan, Leslie Boyd
CAPE DORSET PRINTS: A Retrospective, Pomegranate, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., 2007.
SHUVINAI ASHOONA DRAWINGS, Carleton University Art Gallery, ABC Art Books Canada 2012
An Aboriginal Triumph. The Globe and Mail, July 20th, 2012 p. R6.
Inuit Feminism Goes Global. The Globe and Mail, September 8th, 2012 p. R5.
Art from Canada’s North. The Globe and Mail, April 27th, 2013.
The New Generation: A Radical Defiance. Inuit Art Quarterly, Winter 2008.
Land of the Midnight Sons and Daughters: Contemporary Inuit Drawings. Border Crossings,
Issue no. 105.
Vitamin D2, New Perspectives in Drawings, Phaidon, 2013.
2000 Work “Rock Landscape” 97-98 was featured on the cover of Inuit Art Quarterly, Vol. 15, No.1, Spring 2000.
2009 Featured artist at Feheley Fine Arts booth at the Toronto International Art Fair.