Ashevak, CC, RCA

Photo: Kenojuak Ashevak
Ashevak, CC, RCA


drawing, printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kinngait, NU

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.

Ikirisaq, NU
03 October 1927

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.




Kenojuak Ashevak, CC, RCA was born in the outpost camp of Ikirasaq, on the southern coast of Baffin Island, to Silaqqi and Ushuakjuk, a hunter, fur trader and respected shaman. Ashevak first learned traditional skills from her grandmother Koweesa and began carving and drawing in her twenties, alongside her husband Johnniebo Ashevak, with whom she shared her love of art. Upon settling in Kinngait (Cape Dorset) with her husband and family, she met James Houston, OC, FRSA (1921–2005) and Alma Houston, who were establishing an arts program and encouraged her to pursue graphic arts through the Co-op. In the late 1960s Ashevak quickly gained recognition for her prints and has since become arguably the most renowned Inuit artist in the world. Ashevak participated in exhibitions across Canada, Europe and Asia, and her work is held in collections internationally. Her achievements are numerous and include the 1963 National Film Board production Eskimo Artist: Kenojuak, awarded the Order of Canada in 1967, a Companion to the Order of Canada in 1982 and the Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts in 2008. Further, she has been included in almost every Annual Cape Dorset Print Collection since 1960. In 2016 Ashevak was the subject of a Canadian Heritage Minute, which paid tribute to the huge impact she continues to have on Inuit artists and Canadian art.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Profile: Charles C. Kingsley Fall 2017 Charles C. Kingsley
Celebrating 30 Years of Supporting Inuit Artists Fall 2017 Alysa Prodica
News: Kenojuak Ashevak on the Canadian Ten Dollar Bill Summer 2017 Inuit Art Foundation


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Cape Dorset Prints and Drawings Apr - May 2015 Michael Gibson Gallery
Kenojuak Ashevak – A Retrospective July 2014 Feheley Fine Arts
Kenojuak Ashevak: In Memoriam Sept 2013 - June 2014 Art Gallery of Ontario


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Featured on Canadian Bank Note 01 July 2017 Bank of Canada
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Winter 2014 Inuit Art Foundation
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2013 Dorset Fine Arts

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
Anchorage Museum Anchorage, AK, United States

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September 12, 2017 Created by: Inuit Art Foundation