Bear by Ningeosiaq Ashoona


Artist:                  Ningeosiaq Ashoona

Year:                    2018

Community:        Cape Dorset — Kinngait

Media:                 Dark Stone


Beautiful bear carved by talented carver Ningeosiaq Ashoona from Cape Dorset.

Ning Ashoona is a Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU based artist who was raised on the land in Saturituk, on the southern coast of Baffin Island. She fondly recalls fishing as a child, and that carving and drawing were a practice in daily life, work made for the co-op to support supplies for life on the land [1]. Her grandparents being established carvers, the young Ashoona learned from them, using hand tools, carving with great detail [2]. Ashoona’s favourite subject was the loon, observing them on the water and on land. It was upon her move to Kinngait where she began to be more deeply influenced by the female carvers around her, including her grandmother.

Carving for most of her life, Ashoona is one of only a few full-time female carvers [3], yet is very prolific and has a distinctive style. Using both hand and power tools Ashoona bridges tradition and innovation in her approach and technique. Inspired by Arctic wildlife and her childhood on the land, much of Ashoona’s work depicts animals at play. The animals dance and glide, giving an impression of movement, and their glossy coats hint at their kinship with water. The smooth soapstone Ashoona uses, in a variety of colours from ink black to green and gray, are polished to a high lustre and give the appearance of the animals and birds just having emerged from the water.

Ashoona’s work has been exhibiting in Canada and abroad at institutions such as the Albers Gallery of Inuit Art, San Francisco, U.S., Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON and the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver. She has appeared in the Inuit Art Quarterly.

Check our website for other carvings by Ningeosiaq Ashoona.

For  additional information about Ningeosiaq check out  her attached biography.

Additional information

Weight 3.9 kg
Dimensions 12.5 × 5 × 5 in

Biography for Ningeosiaq Ashoona

Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Mother: Father:
December 20, 1979 Cape Dorset Mayoreak Ashoona Kaka Ashoona

Influenced by her father, Ningeoosiak started to carve around 1998. EXHIBITIONS:
July 1 – September 2006
December 2006 – January 2007 January – February, 2009 March – April, 2009
December, 2009
October, 2010
Out of the Ordinary Cape Dorset Sculpture Gallery Indigena Stratford, Ontario
Rhythms in Motion Galerie d’art Vincent
Ottawa, Ontario
(illustrated catalogue)
Small Sculpture by Great Artists Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario
Small Treasures
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia
Arctic Wildlife
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia
Small Sculptures by Great Artists Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario
(illustrated brochure)
Arctic Wind III: An Expression of Survival Coastal Peoples Gallery
Vancouver, British Columbia
(illustrated brochure)
Ningeosiak Ashoona Transformations Gallery Philip Toronto, ON
(illustrated catalogue)

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