inuit printmaking


Artist: Kenojuak Ashevak


Kenojuak Ashevak, a Canadian artist and printmaker, is regarded as one of the most notable pioneers of modern Inuit art

She was born in Ikirasaq, an Inuit camp, at the southern coast of Baffin Island

Her father was a hunter, fur trader, and respected shaman. When she was only six years old, he was assassinated by Christian converts.

She was arranged to marry a local hunter, but was reluctant, and even playfully threw pebbles at him when he approached her

She was one of the first Inuit women in Cape Dorset to begin drawing, and she went on to create the first Inuit stained glass window for the John Bell Chapel in Ontario

She worked in graphite, colored pencils, poster paints, watercolor, and acrylics as well as creating etchings and carvings from soapstone


Kiakshuk (1886-1966) was an Inuit artist and storyteller. It was not until he was in his 70s that Kiakshuk took up drawing and print making, thanks to the encouragement of a friend. Over the course of six years, Kiakshuk produced 52 prints that became vital to the development of the Inuit graphic arts history. His body of work is filled with imagery and stories from the traditional Eskimo lifestyle.


Eliyakota Samualie was an Inuit printmaker and sculptor. 

Eliyakota Samualie was born in a camp near Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territories, Canada in the year 1939.The artist often portrayed birds. She is renown for using symmetry not usually seen in Inuit art.Samualie never married, but adopted a child of her own. This happens frequently in the Inuit culture.The artist first participated in the annual Cape Dorset print collection in 1970.Eliyakota Samualie passed away in 1987.

Etidlooie Etidlooie (Pitseolak Niviaqsi)

Aircraft Becoming Sea Animals, 1981


From the National Gallery of Canada:

“Etidlooie Etidlooie, like his contemporary Pudlo Pudlat, was particularly interested in documenting the rapidly changing North. Despite the influence of modern technologies, Inuit perspectives and ideologies are still clearly seen in his works. In this print, an airplane is taking on supernatural qualities and being transformed into a fish. In other of Etidlooie’s drawings, the influence of television and the first images from the South are represented through palm trees, freeways, cars, and high-rises.”