Art is a Voice


1963 –

Born: Cape Dorset (Kinngait), Nunavut
Current Residence: Cape Dorset (Kinngait), Nunavut

Teevee is a self-taught artist who works mainly with coloured pencil and ink. Since 2004, over 80 of her drawings have been translated into prints for the Cape Dorset annual print collection, making her one of the leading graphic art talents working in Canada today.

Her body of work is a legacy to her people, focused on natural forms composed into abstract designs, animals, stories, and contemporary life.

Ningiukulu Teevee. Untitled (There is no excuse for abuse), CD151-0996
Ningiukulu Teevee. Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Photo: Darlene Coward Wight
Ningiukulu Teevee. Sea Goddess (detail), 2010. Graphite, coloured pencil, and black ink on paper. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Acquired with funds from the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Naylor, funds administered by The Winnipeg Foundation, 2011-93


Uninterested in featuring centred, representational images in her work, Teevee often uses cropping to tell a story, as seen in Qakivalliajuq, a drawing of a walrus partially immersed in water, hauling himself onto land.

Curious Bear, a most unusual and arresting image, is another example of Teevee’s original approach to framing her subjects.

The Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. hosts an opening reception for the Ningiukulu Teevee: Kinngait Stories exhibit in partnership with the WAG.
Ningiukulu Teevee. Curious Bear (detail), 2008. Lithograph on paper. Government of Nunavut Fine Art Collection. On long-term loan to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, GN2008.21.19
Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Photo: Iwan Baan