2018 CAPE DORSET PRINT COLLECTION

Includes Saimaiyu Akesuk, Shuvinai Ashoona, Qavavau Manumie, Cee Pootoogook, Quvianaqtuk Pudlat, Pauojoungie Saggiak, Pitaloosie Saila, Padloo Samayualie, Ningiukulu Teevee, Papiara Tukiki
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Showing Saimaiyu Akesuk

2018 CAPE DORSET PRINT COLLECTION

For a place that had humble beginnings as a settlement founded in 1913 intended as a trading post for the Hudson’s Bay Company, Cape Dorset has since come a long way. Known as Kinngait in Inuktitut, it now boasts a population of 1400, and is home to many artists who have, over the years, brought much renown from the world to a small unassuming town in the Canadian arctic.

Since the very first print release in 1959, we have witnessed a community that is frequently in a state of transition. New imports from the South and rapid acculturation continue to bring about profound changes in the region as people grapple with navigating every day life in a community that is still
re-defining their collective post-colonial identity. Theirs is a world filled with stark polarities that require individuals to seek out balance between personal history, culture, language, their connection to the land and its resources to the modern, shifting realities of work, business, technology and social media. It is in the midst of this ongoing flux where the artists have established a contemporary visual culture that they can consider entirely true of themselves.

The 59th annual print collection presents an exciting mix of themes; the comforting and naturalistic are juxtaposed with familiar motifs presented in bold, new perspectives. Our established artists, Ningiukulu Teevee, Qavavau Manumie, Papiara Tukiki, Pitaloosie Saila, and Shuvinai Ashoona all return this year with their highly characteristic imagery. Cee Pootoogook and Padloo Samayualie, both in their mid-career, steadily continue to produce engaging work that delight the eye. Emerging talents, Pauojoungie Saggiak and Quvianaqtuk Pudlat, are confidently making waves in the art world and establishing a brand new stage of their own. Lastly, Axangayuk Shaa, a very established sculptor and the eldest artist featured in the collection, has just released his first print since 1961.

This year, the hamlet celebrated the inaugural opening of the Kenojuak Cultural Centre (KCC) in September. For a community that boasts one of the highest number of artists per capita in the country and previously had no public gallery or learning space for artists, there are high expectations for the KCC to further consolidate and strengthen local visual culture in the years to come. The KCC is also the new home of Kinngait Studios, the longest continuously running print studio in Canada. Large glass windows serve as partitions allowing the studio’s processes to be fully viewable by the public. It has already drawn some interest from youth who have come in to observe the printers at work – demystifying the process of art making and piquing the interest of promising young minds and hands. It may just be the start of fostering new talent for Kinngait Studios into the future.

Dorset Fine Arts is proud to release 34 prints in this year’s catalogue and would like to thank you all for partaking in our journey thus far. It is the culminated effort of all who were involved; the hard work of our artists and printers, as well as the WBEC staff. The sheer amount of support and cultivation required to realize each year’s collection is no small feat. We look forward to moving into into our sixtieth year of operation together and beyond as we continue to embrace fresh possibilities of printmaking in Cape Dorset.

– Naia Wang

STRIPED BEAR 42/50
STRIPED BEAR 42/50
CD18-18
stonecut
16.9 x 24.4 in.
$400 CAD


STRIPED BEAR 8/50
STRIPED BEAR 8/50
CD18-18
stonecut
16.9 x 24.4 in.
$400 CAD


BIRD ON PARADE 42/50
BIRD ON PARADE 42/50
CD18-17
lithograph
22.2 x 30.1 in.
$700 CAD


BIRD ON PARADE 8/50
BIRD ON PARADE 8/50
CD18-17
lithograph
22.2 x 30.1 in.
$700 CAD


CHECKERED BEAR 42/50
CHECKERED BEAR 42/50
CD18-16
etching, aquatint, hand painting
33.8 x 31.5 in.
$900 CAD


CHECKERED BEAR 8/50
CHECKERED BEAR 8/50
CD18-16
etching, aquatint, hand painting
33.8 x 31.5 in.
$900 CAD


”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

Saimaiyuk 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.

Saimaiyuk was inspired to start drawing by Ningeokulu Teevee while they were taking a class together at the Nunavut Teaching Education Program. Saimaiyuk’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.

Born on April 28, 1988 in Iqaluit, NU

Exhibitions

2018 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2017 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2015 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, INUIT NOW, 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
2013 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON

Credits

BLAZER, DAVID
David Blazer’s Four Art Faves. Canadian Art. October 26, 2013
http://www.canadianart.ca/features/2013/10/26/david-balzers-art-toronto-picks/