SHUVINAI ASHOONA

1961 –

Born: Cape Dorset, Nunavut
Current Residence: Cape Dorset, Nunavut

Ashoona’s work has undergone interesting shifts throughout her career. In the 90s, subtle landscapes played a significant role. A decade later, they became bizarre and radically original rockscapes. By 2006, her images revealed an intense attention to detail, growing bolder, with stunning colour and fascinating perspective.

Shuvinai Ashoona. Photo: Iwan Baan
Shuvinai Ashoona. Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Photo: Feheley Fine Arts
Shuvinai Ashoona. Eggs and Tools (detail), 2004–2005. Ink, coloured pencil on paper. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Acquired with funds from Mr. and Mrs. G.B. Wiswell Fund, 2009-32

Recurring Themes

Ashoona’s most recent drawings embrace past and present as she interprets the stories of others and combines them with her own. Her work features iconic objects and recurring themes such as playing cards, eggs, landscapes, and the sinking of a Hudson’s Bay Company supply ship in Cape Dorset in 1947, 14 years before she was born.

Shuvinai Ashoona. Sinking Titanic (detail), 2012. Graphite, coloured pencil, Pentel pen on paper. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Acquired with funds realized through sale of Inuit prints, 2013-20
Shuvinai Ashoona. Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Photo: Darlene Coward Wight