Napachie Ashoona — Sea Spirit





Artist: Napachie Ashoona

Community: Cape Dorset

Year: 1996

Media: Serpentine


Ashoona’s “Sea Spirit” is a delightful sample of Inuit sculpture. The lines and craftsmanship of the piece immediately command attention. The combination of aspects that depict creatures from land (bear-like paws), air (face of a bird) and water  (tail of a whale), in this piece all add to its appeal . This work represents many important subjects in Inuit culture.

Many members of the Ashoona family are artists, and the talent of Napachie is evident in this piece. “Sea Spirit” is a striking composition that deserves a place of pride.

Additional information

Weight 3 kg
Dimensions 12 × 4 × 8.5 in

About Napachie Ashoona

Napachie Ashoona was born on October 10, 1974,
in Cape Dorset, Baffin Island. He is a member of one
of the most prominent families of Inuit artists in Canada. His grandmother, Pitseolak Ashoona, was a famous printmaker, and so is his talented mother Sorosiluto.
His father Kiawak and uncle Kaka (now deceased)
are the two foremost Inuit artists. Other well-known artists in the family include their brothers Koomwartok (now deceased) and Namonai, and their sister
Napatchie, all three sculptors. Kaka’s son, Ohito Ashoona, has already become very famous for his carvings of Polar bears, and his son Ottokie has
followed the same artistic path.
Napachie presently lives and carves in the community
of Cape Dorset. Napachie mostly enjoys carving the human body in action and carves mostly drum dancers and hunters.
November-December 1992: Inuit Sculpture — New Acquisitions Pucker Gallery , Boston, Massachusetts
April-May 1994: Mythic Image — Ancestral Spirits Gallery, Port Townsend, Washington
September 1995: Sedna: Spirit of the Sea — Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, Ontario
November-December 1995: Miniaturen — Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany