Jessie
Oonark, OC, RCA

Photo: Jessie Oonark
Jessie
Oonark, OC, RCA

Medium:

drawing, printmaking, textile

Artistic Community:

Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), NU

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.

Back River, NU
2 March, 1906

Date of Death:

Artists may have multiple dates of death listed as a result of when and where they passed away. Similar to date of birth, an artist may have passed away outside of a community centre or in another community resulting in different dates being recorded.

1985

Work

Biography

Jessie (Una) Oonark was born near Back River, Nunavut. Oonark lived the first fifty years of her life in camps throughout the region. Oonark first began making drawings in the 1950s after settling in Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake) with her children. Her works quickly caught the attention of members of both the Qamani'tuaq and Kinngait (Cape Dorset) art communities. A few short years after beginning her artistic career, several of Oonark’s drawings were included in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collections of 1960 and 1961. Oonark was elected as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1975 and was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1984.View Long Biography and Citations

Publications

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Title Year Author
Heartfelt History June-July 2018 Canada's History
Flashback: Jessie Oonark Fall 2017 Sarah Milroy
The Artist Herself: Self-portraits by Canadian Historical Women Artists 2015 Alicia Boutilier and Tobi Bruce

Exhibitions

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Name Year Gallery
Temporal Re-Imaginings Nov 2015 - Apr 2016 Âjagemô Gallery, Canada Council for the Arts
The Artist Herself : Self-portraits by Canadian Historical Women Artists May - Aug 2015 Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University
Modern Vision: Inuit Masterworks from the 1960s and 1970s June - July 2012 Marion Scott Gallery

Achievements

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Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Fall 2017 Inuit Art Foundation
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Summer 1994 Inuit Art Foundation
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Summer 1988 Inuit Art Foundation

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Amon Carter Museum of American Art Fort Worth, TX, United States
Art Gallery of Alberta Edmonton, AB, Canada

Edit History

January 29, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
September 12, 2017 Created by: Inuit Art Foundation