Breathless Spirit by Saimaiyu Akesuk





Artist:                   Saimaiyu Akesuk

Community:         Cape Dorset / Kinngait

Year:                     2022

Media:                  Stonecut  

Paper:                  Kizuki Kozo White

Printer:               Kakee Ningeosiak

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Gorgeous new print from the 2022 Dorset Print Collection: Breathless Spirit by Samaiyu Akesuk

”When I went down to the litho shop to sell my first drawing, I was very nervous wondering whether they would buy it or not. My first drawing was an image of my late grandfather’s (Latchaolassie) carving of a bird. I was so proud to get paid for that drawing and it inspired me to do more drawings.”

-Saimaiyu Akesuk

Saimaiyu Akesuk was born on April 28, 1988 in Iqaluit but she has lived in Cape Dorset her whole life. Her parents are Lau Akesuk and Olayuk Akesuk who was one of the first Members of the Legislative Assembly in Nunavut.

Saimaiyu was inspired to start drawing by Ningeokuluk Teevee while they were taking a class together at the Nunavut Teaching Education Program.

Saimaiyu’s confident drawings of birds and bears are characterized by her bold and dynamic simplicity rendered with soft tenderness and quite often a touch of whimsy.


Additional information

Dimensions 24.2 × 18.9 in

Biography Saimaiyu Akesuk


Date of Birth: April 28th, 1988
Male/Female: Female
Place of Birth: Iqaluit, NU
Mother: Lau Akesuk
Father: Olayuk Akesuk


Cape Dorset Graphics Annual Print Collection (illustrated catalouge)

Cape Dorset Graphics Annual Print Collection (illustrated catalouge)

October 2013
Toronto International Art Fair Metro Toronto Convention Centre Toronto, Ontario

October – November 2013
The Hand of the Artist Feheley Fine Arts Toronto, Ontario


David Blazer’s Four Art Faves. Canadian Art. October 26, 2013

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