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Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona
Please join us for the Artist Reception on
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Canada House Gallery is the official host gallery for the 2017 Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection. As such, we will have editions 1 & 3 of each print.

We are accepting reservations today - call us at 1-800-419-1298 with your choices!

The official release is Saturday, October, 21, 2017.


"On a recent trip to Cape Dorset, I sat down with the artists and printmakers of Kinngait Studios in hopes of learning more about the inspirations and processes behind their work in the 58th Annual Print Collection.

I quickly learned that their artwork goes beyond aesthetics. Unlike many Southern artists, the artists from this picturesque hamlet in Nunavut seldom receive formal training in studio arts, so their artistic practices are largely informed by mentorship and collaborations with the community.

The resulting prints simultaneously embody tradition and contemporaneity, creating a captivating visual record of both history and present day culture of Kinngait."

  • Claire Foussard, excerpted from the 2017 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection catalogue

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CD17-19
etching, aquatint
16" x 16.5"
Artist Studio
3/50
$ 600

JOURNEY TO THE PAST 1/50 SHOWPIECE
CD17-19
etching, aquatint
16" x 15.5"
Artist Studio
1/50
$ 600

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Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai was born in Cape Dorset in August, 1961. She is the daughter of Kiuga Ashoona and Sorosilutu, both well known for their contributions to the arts in Cape Dorset.

Shuvinai began drawing in 1995. She works with pen and ink, coloured pencils and markers 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 (1997-33) and Settlement (1997-34). Since then, she has become a committed and prolific graphic artist, working daily in the Kinngait Studios.

Suvinai'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 Kavavaow Mannomee 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, Suvinai 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". Her most recent exhibition presented her work alongside Toronto-based artist Shari Boyle at the Justin Bernicke Gallery at Hart House. Shuvinai is also the subject of a documentary art film to be released next year.

In this annual collection of 2009, Suvinai is represented by a large etching entitled Aujaqsiut Tupiq (Summer Tent) (2009-33) and her autobiographical and enigmatic Quilt of Dreams (2009-34).

Exhibitions
2017 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2015 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2014 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2012 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2011 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2010 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2009 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2008 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2007 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2006 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON

Publications
2007 Galleries West

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