Shuvinai Ashoona's drawings break away from tradition and challenge stereotypes about inuit art by incorporating references to the past and present, with her highly imaginative subject matter. This exhibition shows over 20 new drawings, showing the evolution of her unique
Shuvinai Ashoona was born in 1961 in Cape Dorset, NU. She has been instrumental in reshaping contemporary inuit art. Her drawings break from tradition and challenge stereotypes about Inuit art by incorporating references to the past and present alongside her own highly imaginaitive and individual subject matter. Over the last decade she has become the leading voice in contemporary Inuit art. Internationally, she is recognized as one of Canada’s premier artists. This exhibition of over 20 new drawings shows a continued evolution of her unique style. Since her last solo exhibion at Madrona Gallery in 2014, there are various new motifs ,such as the tenticle/intestine imagery. Other well known imagery of globes, rock forms, people of Kinngait are featured through out the exhibition to create remarkable works that comment on the artists life, history, imagination and dreams. Her work has appeared in Art Basel, the 18th Biennale of Sydney, National Gallery of Canada, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, The McMichael Collection of Canadian Art and many other museums around the globe. In 2017 Shuvinai Ashoona was elected into membership of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.