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Shuvinai Ashoona: Life & Work by Nancy G. Campbell

Collection by Art Canada Institute

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In the tiny hamlet of Kinngait, Nunavut, Shuvinai Ashoona (b. 1961) is a pearl—an artist protected from the world at large, who relishes the daily routine and support of working at Kinngait Studios. She is the granddaughter of iconic Inuit artist Pitseolak Ashoona and the daughter of renowned sculptor Kiugak Ashoona. In the mid-1990s Shuvinai began producing detailed drawings that were made into lithographs, etchings, and stonecut prints.

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Style & Techniques
Biography
Key Works
Significance & Critical Issues
Sources & Resources

Style & Techniques

Shuvinai Ashoona, EGG, Cape Dorset, Lithograph 24 x Inuit Art, Tlingit, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Indigenous Art, First Nations, Book Art, Graphic Art, Egg

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Egg, 2006, lithograph, 60.96 x 43.18 cm, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Scary Dream, 2006, lithograph, 69.2 x 56.5 cm, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Scary Dreams, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Surrealism, Book Art, Toronto, Fine Art, Artist, Prints

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Scary Dream, 2006, lithograph, 69.2 x 56.5 cm, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Handstand, 2010, stonecut and stencil, printed by Qiatsuq Niviaqsi, 86.3 x 62 cm, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Handstand, Book Art, Toronto, Stencils, Fine Art, Printed, Artist

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Handstand, 2010, stonecut and stencil, printed by Qiatsuq Niviaqsi, 86.3 x 62 cm, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Handstand, 2010, coloured pencil and ink on paper, 76 x 56 cm, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Inuit Canada, Canadian Art, India Ink, Detailed Drawings, Japanese Paper, Colored Pencils, Printmaking, Book Art, Dinosaur Stuffed Animal

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Handstand, 2010, coloured pencil and ink on paper, 76 x 56 cm, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Kevin Hearn’s guitar with Shuvinai Ashoona's drawings, photograph by Brad van der Zanden. Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Book Art, Photograph, Guitar, Van, Artist, Prints, Life

Shuvinai Ashoona

Kevin Hearn’s guitar with Shuvinai Ashoona's drawings, 2016, photograph by Brad van der Zanden. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

AGO’s collection of close to works ranges from cutting-edge contemporary art to European masterpieces; from the vast collection by the Group of Seven to works by established and emerging Indigenous Canadian artists. Drawing Studies, Drawing Artist, African American Artist, American Artists, Name Drawings, Art Gallery Of Ontario, Robert Mapplethorpe, Inuit Art, Detailed Drawings

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Composition (Cube), 2009, coloured pencil and black ink on paper, 41.9 x 39.4 x 39.4 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Composition (This Is My Coat of Many Colours), ink and coloured pencil on paper, x 33 cm, collection of Edward J. Coat Of Many Colors, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Colored Pencils, Surrealism, Book Art, Composition, Kids Rugs, Colours

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Composition (This Is My Coat of Many Colours), 2006, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 101.6 x 33 cm, collection of Edward J. Guarino. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Untitled (Eden), 2008, coloured pencil, Fineliner pen, and graphite on wove paper, 237 x 116.5 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Fineliner Pens, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Colored Pencils, Book Art, Kids Rugs, Ottawa, Graphite, Gallery

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Untitled (Eden), 2008, coloured pencil, Fineliner pen, and graphite on wove paper, 237 x 116.5 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Composition (Shuvinai in the Co-op Studio), ink and pencil on paper, x 66 cm, collection of Barry Appleton. Wooden Shack, Detailed Drawings, Canadian Artists, Tent Camping, Book Art, Studios, Composition, Pencil, Ink

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Composition (Shuvinai in the Co-op Studio), 2003, ink and pencil on paper, 50.8 x 66 cm, collection of Barry Appleton. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Artists Indoors Holding Outdoor Drawing, ink and coloured pencil on paper, x cm, collection of Dr. Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Colored Pencils, Surrealism, Book Art, Ink, Artists, Diamond, Paper

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Artists Indoors Holding Outdoor Drawing, 2010, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 50.2 x 64.8 cm, collection of Dr. Sara Diamond. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Earth Surrounded by Drawings, ink and coloured pencil on paper, x 66 cm, private collection. Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Colored Pencils, Book Art, Earth, Ink, Paper, Artist, Prints

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Earth Surrounded by Drawings, 2012, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 50.8 x 66 cm, private collection. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Holding Shirts, 2015, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 62.5 x 233 cm, National Gallery Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Ottawa, Colored Pencils, Book Art, Canada, Ink, Gallery, Paper

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Holding Shirts, 2015, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 62.5 x 233 cm, National Gallery Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Feheley Fine Arts is proud to present a new solo exhibition of recent drawings by Shuvinai Ashoona, Woven Thoughts. Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Colored Pencils, Surrealism, Book Art, Ink, Fine Art, Thoughts, Artist

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Audience, 2014, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 91.4 x 161.3 cm, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, All Kinds of Spiders in Different Views, 2011, Fineliner pen over graphite on wove paper, overall: 83 x 125 cm; image: 72.7 x 114.5 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Fineliner Pens, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Surrealism, Book Art, Studio, Gallery, Artist, Prints

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, All Kinds of Spiders in Different Views, 2011, Fineliner pen over graphite on wove paper, overall: 83 x 125 cm; image: 72.7 x 114.5 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Rock Landscape, 1998, Fineliner on ivory wove paper, 33 x 25.5 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Contemporary Artists, Modern Contemporary, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Surrealism, Book Art, City Photo, Landscape, Ottawa

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Rock Landscape, 1998, Fineliner on ivory wove paper, 33 x 25.5 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Landscape with Grass, 1996, Fineliner pen on ivory wove paper, 25.5 x 33.2 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Fineliner Pens, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Surrealism, Book Art, Canada, Ottawa, Gallery, Artist

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Landscape with Grass, 1996, Fineliner pen on ivory wove paper, 25.5 x 33.2 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Low Tide, 1994, Fineliner pen on ivory wove paper, 33 x 51.5 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Fineliner Pens, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Ottawa, Surrealism, Book Art, Muse, Ivory, Canada

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Low Tide, 1994, Fineliner pen on ivory wove paper, 33 x 51.5 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Biography

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Key Works

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Significance & Critical Issues

Shuvinai Ashoona, Composition (Holding Up the Globe), ink and coloured pencil on paper, x 120 cm, collection of BMO Financial Group. Inuit Art, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Contemporary Artists, Colored Pencils, Book Art, Kids Rugs, Ink, Artwork

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Composition (Holding Up the Globe), 2014, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 95.3 x 120 cm, collection of BMO Financial Group. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle, Self-Portrait, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 107 x 88 cm, private collection. Cain And Abel, Inuit Art, Pop Culture References, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Adam And Eve, Mythical Creatures, Art Google, Contemporary Artists

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle, Self-Portrait, 2015, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 107 x 88 cm, private collection. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Detail of Shuvinai Ashoona and John Noestheden, Untitled Collaboration (detail), pencil crayon and India ink on paper, x cm, RBC Art Collection. Inuit Art, Saatchi Gallery, Galleries In London, Canadian Art, India Ink, Detailed Drawings, Beautiful Sunrise, Ancient Symbols, Art World

Shuvinai Ashoona

Detail of Shuvinai Ashoona and John Noestheden, Untitled Collaboration (detail), 2008, pencil crayon and India ink on paper, 157.5 x 101.6 cm, RBC Art Collection. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Creatures, ink and coloured pencil on paper, x 127 cm, collection of Suzanne Lamarre. Art Gallery Of Ontario, Inuit Art, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Contemporary Artists, Colored Pencils, Book Art, Creatures, Illustration

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Creatures, 2015, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 96.5 x 127 cm, collection of Suzanne Lamarre. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Sources & Resources

Cover of Noise Ghost and Other Stories photograph by Ian Lefebvre. Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Art World, Book Art, Photograph, Cover, Prints, Life, Photography

Shuvinai Ashoona

Cover of Noise Ghost and Other Stories (2016), photograph by Ian Lefebvre. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Interior spread of Noise Ghost and Other Stories (2016), a catalogue documenting three exhibits at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House (now the Art Museum at the University of Toronto), including Noise Ghost: Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle, 2009, photograph by Sean Weaver. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Hart House, University Of Toronto, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Art World, Art Museum, Book Art, Photograph, Gallery

Shuvinai Ashoona

Interior spread of Noise Ghost and Other Stories (2016), a catalogue documenting three exhibits at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House (now the Art Museum at the University of Toronto), including Noise Ghost: Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle, 2009, photograph by Sean Weaver. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Cover of the catalogue for Three Women, Three Generations: Drawings by Pitseolak Ashoona, Napatchie Pootoogook and Shuvinai Ashoona, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, 1999, photograph by Ian Lefebvre. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Art World, Book Art, Photograph, Studio, Cover, Artist, Books

Shuvinai Ashoona

Cover of the catalogue for Three Women, Three Generations: Drawings by Pitseolak Ashoona, Napatchie Pootoogook and Shuvinai Ashoona, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, 1999, photograph by Ian Lefebvre. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Installation view of Woven Thoughts at Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, September photograph by Renzo Fernandez. Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, September 2014, Art World, Book Art, Toronto, Photograph, Thoughts, Life

Shuvinai Ashoona

Installation view of Woven Thoughts at Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, September 2014, photograph by Renzo Fernandez. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Cover of Noise Ghost and Other Stories photograph by Ian Lefebvre. Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Art World, Book Art, Photograph, Cover, Prints, Life, Photography

Shuvinai Ashoona

Cover of Noise Ghost and Other Stories (2016), photograph by Ian Lefebvre. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Interior spread of Noise Ghost and Other Stories (2016), a catalogue documenting three exhibits at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House (now the Art Museum at the University of Toronto), including Noise Ghost: Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle, 2009, photograph by Sean Weaver. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Hart House, University Of Toronto, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Art World, Art Museum, Book Art, Photograph, Gallery

Shuvinai Ashoona

Interior spread of Noise Ghost and Other Stories (2016), a catalogue documenting three exhibits at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House (now the Art Museum at the University of Toronto), including Noise Ghost: Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle, 2009, photograph by Sean Weaver. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Cover of the catalogue for Three Women, Three Generations: Drawings by Pitseolak Ashoona, Napatchie Pootoogook and Shuvinai Ashoona, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, 1999, photograph by Ian Lefebvre. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Art World, Book Art, Photograph, Studio, Cover, Artist, Books

Shuvinai Ashoona

Cover of the catalogue for Three Women, Three Generations: Drawings by Pitseolak Ashoona, Napatchie Pootoogook and Shuvinai Ashoona, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, 1999, photograph by Ian Lefebvre. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Installation view of Woven Thoughts at Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, September photograph by Renzo Fernandez. Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, September 2014, Art World, Book Art, Toronto, Photograph, Thoughts, Life

Shuvinai Ashoona

Installation view of Woven Thoughts at Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, September 2014, photograph by Renzo Fernandez. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, EGG, Cape Dorset, Lithograph 24 x Inuit Art, Tlingit, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Indigenous Art, First Nations, Book Art, Graphic Art, Egg

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Egg, 2006, lithograph, 60.96 x 43.18 cm, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Scary Dream, 2006, lithograph, 69.2 x 56.5 cm, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Scary Dreams, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Surrealism, Book Art, Toronto, Fine Art, Artist, Prints

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Scary Dream, 2006, lithograph, 69.2 x 56.5 cm, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Handstand, 2010, stonecut and stencil, printed by Qiatsuq Niviaqsi, 86.3 x 62 cm, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Handstand, Book Art, Toronto, Stencils, Fine Art, Printed, Artist

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Handstand, 2010, stonecut and stencil, printed by Qiatsuq Niviaqsi, 86.3 x 62 cm, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Handstand, 2010, coloured pencil and ink on paper, 76 x 56 cm, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Inuit Canada, Canadian Art, India Ink, Detailed Drawings, Japanese Paper, Colored Pencils, Printmaking, Book Art, Dinosaur Stuffed Animal

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Handstand, 2010, coloured pencil and ink on paper, 76 x 56 cm, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Kevin Hearn’s guitar with Shuvinai Ashoona's drawings, photograph by Brad van der Zanden. Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Book Art, Photograph, Guitar, Van, Artist, Prints, Life

Shuvinai Ashoona

Kevin Hearn’s guitar with Shuvinai Ashoona's drawings, 2016, photograph by Brad van der Zanden. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

AGO’s collection of close to works ranges from cutting-edge contemporary art to European masterpieces; from the vast collection by the Group of Seven to works by established and emerging Indigenous Canadian artists. Drawing Studies, Drawing Artist, African American Artist, American Artists, Name Drawings, Art Gallery Of Ontario, Robert Mapplethorpe, Inuit Art, Detailed Drawings

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Composition (Cube), 2009, coloured pencil and black ink on paper, 41.9 x 39.4 x 39.4 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Composition (This Is My Coat of Many Colours), ink and coloured pencil on paper, x 33 cm, collection of Edward J. Coat Of Many Colors, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Colored Pencils, Surrealism, Book Art, Composition, Kids Rugs, Colours

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Composition (This Is My Coat of Many Colours), 2006, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 101.6 x 33 cm, collection of Edward J. Guarino. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Untitled (Eden), 2008, coloured pencil, Fineliner pen, and graphite on wove paper, 237 x 116.5 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Fineliner Pens, Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Colored Pencils, Book Art, Kids Rugs, Ottawa, Graphite, Gallery

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Untitled (Eden), 2008, coloured pencil, Fineliner pen, and graphite on wove paper, 237 x 116.5 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Composition (Shuvinai in the Co-op Studio), ink and pencil on paper, x 66 cm, collection of Barry Appleton. Wooden Shack, Detailed Drawings, Canadian Artists, Tent Camping, Book Art, Studios, Composition, Pencil, Ink

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Composition (Shuvinai in the Co-op Studio), 2003, ink and pencil on paper, 50.8 x 66 cm, collection of Barry Appleton. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Artists Indoors Holding Outdoor Drawing, ink and coloured pencil on paper, x cm, collection of Dr. Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Colored Pencils, Surrealism, Book Art, Ink, Artists, Diamond, Paper

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Artists Indoors Holding Outdoor Drawing, 2010, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 50.2 x 64.8 cm, collection of Dr. Sara Diamond. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Earth Surrounded by Drawings, ink and coloured pencil on paper, x 66 cm, private collection. Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Colored Pencils, Book Art, Earth, Ink, Paper, Artist, Prints

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Earth Surrounded by Drawings, 2012, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 50.8 x 66 cm, private collection. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Shuvinai Ashoona, Holding Shirts, 2015, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 62.5 x 233 cm, National Gallery Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Canadian Art, Detailed Drawings, Ottawa, Colored Pencils, Book Art, Canada, Ink, Gallery, Paper

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona, Holding Shirts, 2015, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 62.5 x 233 cm, National Gallery Canada, Ottawa. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt