Purple Bones by Shuvinai Ashoona

$1,200.00

Print will go on sale on Saturday, October 16. See 2021 Dorset Print Collection for further information or contact us at info@ukpikart.ca to inquire about print.

 

Artist:                   Shuvinai Ashoona

Community:         Cape Dorset / Kinngait

Year:                      2021

Media:                  

Etching & Chine Collé

Paper: Arches White

Printer: Studio PM

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Gorgeous new print from the 2021 Dorset Print Collection: Purple Bones by Shuvinai Ashoona

When I start to draw I remember things that I have experienced or seen. Although I do not attempt to recreate these images exactly, that is what might happen. Sometimes they come out more realistically but sometimes they turn out completely different. That is what happens when I draw.

-Shuvinai Ashoona (From “Ghost Noise”; Produced and directed by Marcia Connolly)

Shuvinai was born in Cape Dorset in August, 1961. She is the daughter of Kiawak Ashoona and Sorosilutu, both well known for their contributions to the arts in Cape Dorset.

Shuvinai began drawing in 1996. She works with pen and ink, coloured pencils and oil sticks and her sensibility for the landscape around the community of Cape Dorset is particularly impressive. Her recent work is very personal and often meticulously detailed. Shuvinai’s work was first included in the Cape Dorset annual print collection in 1997 with two small dry-point etchings entitled Interior (97-33) and Settlement (97-34). Since then, she has become a committed and prolific graphic artist, working daily in the Kinngait Studios

Shuvinai’s work has attracted the attention of several notable private galleries as well as public institutions. She was featured along with her aunt, Napachie Pootoogook, and her grandmother, the late Pitseolak Ashoona, in the McMichael Canadian Collection’s 1999 exhibition entitled “Three Women, Three Generations”. More Recently she was profiled along with Qavavau Manumie of Cape Dorset and Nick Sikkuark of Gjoa Haven in the Spring 2008 issue of Border Crossings, a Winnipeg-based arts magazine.

In an unusual contemporary collaboration, Shuvinai recently worked with Saskatchewan-based artist, John Noestheden, on a “sky-mural” that was exhibited at the 2008 Basel Art Fair and was shown again at Toronto’s 2008 “Nuit Blanche”. It later traveled to the 18th Biennale of Sydney in 2012 and in 2013 it was part of ‘Sakahans’ an exhibition of international Indigenous art at the National Gallery of Canada. In 2009 her work was presented alongside Toronto-based artist Shari Boyle at the Justina Barnicke Gallery at Hart House. Shuvinai is also the subject of a documentary art film, Ghost Noise, produced and directed by Marcia Connolly.

Shuvinai is slowly gaining more international attention and in 2013 she was included in the prestigious Phaudin publication, ‘Vitamin D2. New Perspectives in Drawing’. Shuvinai will be represented at SITElines 2014 Unsettled Landscapes in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Print will go on sale on Saturday, October 16. See 2021 Dorset Print Collection for further information or contact us at info@ukpikart.ca to inquire about print.

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Dimensions 31.5 × 37.2 in

Biography Shuvinai Ashoona

SUVINAI ASHOONA (SUVENAI)
Date of Birth: August 5, 1961
Place of Birth: Cape Dorset
Mother: Sorosolutu Ashoona
Father: Kiawak Ashoona
Male/Female: Female E7-1954

Shuvenai was born in Cape Dorset in August, 1961. She is the daughter of Kiawak Ashoona and Sorosilutu, both well known for their contributions to the arts in Cape Dorset.
Shuvenai began drawing in 1993. She works with pen and ink, coloured pencils and oil sticks and her sensibility for the landscape around the community of cape Dorset is particularly impressive. Her recent work is very personal and often meticulously detailed. Shuvenai’s work was first included in the Cape Dorset annual print collection in 1997 with two small dry-point etchings entitled Interior (97-33) and Settlement (97-34). Since then, she has become a committed and prolific graphic artist, working daily in the Kinngait Studios
Shuvenai’s work has attracted the attention of several notable private galleries as well as public institutions. She was featured along with her aunt, Napachie Pootoogook, and her grandmother, the late Pitseolak Ashoona, in the McMichael Canadian Collection’s 1999 exhibition entitled “Three Women, Three Generations”. More Recently she was profiled along with Kavavau Manumee of Cape Dorset and Mick Sikkuak of Gjoa Haven in the Spring 2008 issue of Border Crossings, a Winnipeg-based arts magazine.
In an unusual contemporary collaboration, Suvinai recently worked with Saskatchewan-based artist, John Noestheden, on a “sky-mural” that was exhibited at the 2008 Basel Art Fair and was shown again at Toronto’s 2008 “Nuit Blanche”. It later traveled to the 18th Biennale of Sydney in 2012 and in 2013 it was part of ‘Sakahans’ an exhibition of international Indigenous art at the National Gallery of Canada. In 2009 her work was presented alongside Toronto-based artist Shari Boyle at the Justin Bernicke Gallery at Hart House. Shuvinai is also the subject of a documentary art film, Ghost Noise, produced and directed by Marcia Connolly.
Shuvenai is slowly gaining more international attention and in 2013 she was included in the prestigious Phaudin publication, ‘Vitamin D2. New Perspectives in Drawing’. Shuvinai will be represented at SITElines 2014 Unsettled Landscapes in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

EXHIBITIONS:

November 2000:
Suvenai Ashoona and Annago Ashevak Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia

June – July 2001:
Transitions 2
Indian and Inuit Art Centre
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Montreal, Quebec
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

April:
Art by Women: An investigation of Inuit Sculpture and Graphics
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

2003, 2006, 2007,2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 2015, 2017
Cape Dorset Graphics (annual collection)
(illustrated catalogue)

Women of the Ashoona Family: Inuit Print Retrospective The Guild Shop
Toronto, Ontario

2005:
Oye Canada,VIP Lounge, Canadian Pavillon Expo205
Aichi, Japan

November 2005:
Unique Visions Feheley Fine Arts Toronto, Ontario

2006 – 2007:
Ashoona: Third Wave Art Gallery of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta

February – April 2006:
Drawing Restraint Saw Gallery
Ottawa, Ontario (catalogue)

May 2006:
Landscape – Contemporary Inuit Drawings Marion Scott Gallery
Vancouver, British Columbia
(catalogue)

February 2007:
Burning Cold: Emerging Artists from Across The North and South
Yukon Arts Centre
Whitehorse, Yukon

June 2007:
Three Cousins Feheley Fine Arts Toronto, Ontario

May – Sept 2008:
Earth and Sky
Stadhimmel Citysky Project Basel, Switzerland

Sept – Oct 2008:
The Basel Project
Shuvenai Ashoona and John Noesthedan Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

Nov – Dec 2008:
Breaking Ground:
New Oil Stick Drawings from Cape Dorset Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

February – March, 2009:
Kenojuak Ashevak RCA, CC and Shuvenai Ashoona Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia

May – October 1999:
Three Women, Three Generations: Drawings by Pitseolak Ashoona, Napatchie Pootoogook and Suvenai Ashoona
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Kleinburg, Ontario
(illustrated catalogue)

June 2009:
Extreme Drawing Marion Scott Gallery Vancouver, BC

May – Aug 2009:
Noise Ghost
Shary Boyle and Shuvenai Ashoona Justina M. Barnike Gallery
Hart House, Toronto. ON

September – October 2008:
Never let the Facts get in the way of the Truth Western Front
Vancouver, British Columbia

October, 2009:
Mixed Media from Cape Dorset Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

October, 2009 – April, 2010:
Arctic Spirit:
50th Anniversary of Cape Dorset’s Kinngait Studios Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario

May – June, 2010:
Facing Forward – New Works from Kinngait Studios Marion Scott Gallery
Vancouver, British Columbia

Oct 2009 – Jan 2010:
Uuturautiit: Cape Dorset Celebrates 50 Years of Printmaking
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, Ontario
(illustrated catalogue)

October, 2009 – January, 2010:
Nunannguaq: In the Likeness of the Earth McMichael Canadian Art Collection Kleinburg, Ontario

January, 2010 – March, 2010:
Big, Bold and Beautiful:
Large Scale Drawings from Cape Dorset Museum of Inuit Art
Toronto, Ontario

February – May 2010:
Monster
West Vancouver Museum
West Vancouver, British Columbia

June – July, 2010:
North Meets South Feheley Fine Arts Toronto, Ontario

July- August, 2010:
The Drawing Room Pendulum Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia

July – December, 2010:
Nipirasait: Many Voices
Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset
The Canadian Embassy Art Gallery Washington, DC

November, 2010 – January, 2011:
Ijurnaqtut
Whimsy, Wit and Humor in Inuit Art Carleton University Art Gallery Ottawa, Ontario

November, 2010 – January, 2011 :
It Is What It Is
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, Ontario

April, 2011:
Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
(Illustrated catalogue)

April 2011:
Gallery Artists
Marion Scott Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia

June 2011:
Dorset Large:
Large Scale drawings from the Kinngait Studios Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario
(illustrated catalogue)

October 2011:
Dorset Annual Print Collection Gallery d’Art Vincent
Ottawa, Ontario

October – November 2011:
Surreal: Eight Artists in the Fantastical Tradition Marion Scott Gallery
Vancouver, British Columbia

November, 2011:
Contemporary North: Drawings from Cape Dorset Madrona Gallery
Victoria, British Columbia

Dec. 2011 – Feb. 2012:
Women in Charge
Inuit Contemporary Women Artists Museo Nazionale Preistorica Etnografica “Luigi Pigorini”
Rome Italy
(illustrated catalogue)

February 2012:
Dorset Now Feheley Fine Arts Toronto, Ontario

February – March 2012:
Sky Ecchymosis: Part of the Series – Women of the Arctic
La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse
Montreal, Quebec
Toronto, Ontario

May- June 2012:
The Unexpected Feheley Fine Arts Toronto, Ontario

June – September 2012:
18th Biennale of Sydney: All our Relations Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

December 2012 – May 2013:
Telling Stories: Inuit Art from Cape DorsetToronto Pearson International Airport (Terminal 1)
Toronto,Ontario

February – June 2013:
Where Do We Come From? What are We? Where are We Going? Identity in Contemporary Cape Dorset Art McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Kleinburg, Ontario

May 2012 – April 2013:
Oh, Canada: National
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
North Adams, Massachusetts

April – June 2013:
Animal Power: Images in Contemporary Inuit Art Marion Scott Gallery
Vancouver, British Columbia

April – June 2013:
Dorset Seen
Carleton University Art Gallery Ottawa, Ontario

April – September 2013:
New Voices from the New North National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, Ontario

April – September 2013:
Shuvinai Ashoona and John Noestheden: Earth and Sky National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

May – September 2013:
Sakahan: International Indigenious Art National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
(illustrated Catalouge)

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

October – December 2013:
Sanaunguabik: Traditions and Transformations in Inuit Art
Enterprise Square Gallery
Edmonton, Alberta

October – December 2013 :
Cape Dorset Prints Gallery 210
St. Louis, Missouri

November 2013 – January 2014:
Winter Show: Gallery Artists Marion Scott Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia

February – March 2014:
North – South Encounter
Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain Montreal, Quebec

January 2014:
Cape Dorset: New Generation
Willock and Sax Gallery- Banff Art Gallery Banff, Alberta

January – March 2014:
Views from the North: Original Drawings from Cape Dorset
Alaska on Madison
New York, New York

February – March 2014:
North South Encounter
Pierre – Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain Montreal Quebec

March – April 2015:
Over the Top Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

April 2015:
Axeme 07 – Axe/Direction Stockholm Supermarket Art Fair Stockholm, Sweden

July 2014 – January 2015:
SITElines: New Perspectives on the Art of the Americas (Unsettled Landscapes)
SITE Santa Fe
Santa Fe, New Mexico

September – October 2015:
Fifteen Years: Kingait 2000-2015 Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

November – December 2015:
Contemporary North II Madrona Gallery Victoria, British Columbia

November – December 2015:
Universal Cobra: Shuvenai Ashoona and Shary Boyle Pierre Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain
Montreal, Quebec

January – March, 2016:
Floe Edge:
Contemporary Art and Collaberations From Nunavut
Canada Gallery
Canada House
London, United Kingdom

February – March, 2016:
Cape Dorset and Points South 2 Theo Gantz Studio
Beacon, New York

February – April, 2016:
Change Makers
Art Gallery of Mississauga Mississauga, Ontario

August – September, 2016 :
Neon NDN: Indigenous Pop Art Saw Gallery
Ottawa, Ontario

November, 2016 – February, 2017:
Astral Bodies Mercer Union Toronto, Ontario

January – May, 2017:
Earthlings
Ester Foundation Calgary, Alberta

December, 2016 – January, 2017:
The Voiced Plate: Contemporary Inuit Prints Marion Scott Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia

June – December, 2017:
Every, Now, Then:
Reframing Nationhood
Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
(a limited edition book titled, The Polar World, Shuvenai Ashoona was published by the AGO in conjunction with this exhibition)

October, 2017 – March, 2018:
2017 Canadian Biennial National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, ON
(illustrated catalogue)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

November 2006:
Shuvinai Ashoona: Time Interrupted Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

Apr – June 2009:
Shuvenai Ashoona Drawings Carleton University Art Gallery Ottawa, Ontario

November – December 2011:
Contemporary Reflections The Canadian Guild of Crafts Montreal, Quebec

September 2012:
Shuvinai Ashoona
Marion Scott Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia

September – October 2012:
Shuvinai’s World(s) Feheley FIne Arts Toronto, Ontario

March 2013:
Shuvinai Ashoona:Merged Realities Inuit Gallery of Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia

September – October 2015:
Shuvenai Ashoona: Woven Thoughts Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto Ontario

March – April, 2017:
Shuvenai Ashoona Curiosities Feheley Fine arts Toronto, Ontario

October – December, 2017:
Shuvenai Ashoona A For Sure World Marion Scott Gallery Vancouver, BC

COLLECTIONS:

Inuit Art Centre, Indian and Northern Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

The National Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Museum of Civilization
Art Gallery of Ontario

HONOURS, ACHIEVEMENTS and EVENTS:

2000
Work “Rock Landscape” 97-98 was featured on the cover of Inuit Art Quarterly, Vol. 15, No.1, Spring 2000.

2009
Featured artist at Feheley Fine Arts booth at the Toronto International Art Fair.

SELECTED REFERENCES:

Ryan, Leslie Boyd
CAPE DORSET PRINTS: A Retrospective, Pomegranate, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., 2007.

Sandra Dyck
SHUVENAI ASHOONA DRAWINGS Carleton University Art Gallery
ABC Art Books Canada 2012

Milroy, Sarah
An Aboriginal Triumph. The Globe and Mail, July 20th, 2012 p. R6.

Milroy, Sarah
Inuit Feminism Goes Global. The Globe and Mail, September 8th, 2012 p. R5.

Art from Canada’s North. The Globe and Mail, April 27th, 2013 .

Kardosh, Robert
The New Generation: A Radical Defiance. Inuit Art Quarterly, Winter 2008.

Karlinsky, Amy
Land of the Midnight Sons and Daughters: Contemporary Inuit Drawings. Border Crossings, Issue no. 105.

Rattemeyer, Christian
Vitamin D2, New Perspectives in Drawings, Phaidon, 2013.

Beverly cramp
Shuvenai Ashoona’s Surreal World, Galleries West online magazine, January 2nd, 2018