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Mayureak Ashoona

Settlement: Cape Dorset / Kinngait

(1946) — E7-818

Mayureak Ashoona was born in 1946 on Baffin Island. Her mother was Sheouak Parr, who became well known for her graphics during the 1960s. Mayureak married Kaka Ashoona, who achieved fame as a sculptor. 

Although Mayureak began drawing in the early 1960s, she could not devote herself to art-making because of family responsibilities. Nevertheless, she occasionally contributed prints to the annual Cape Dorset collections from 1978 onward.

After her husband's death in 1996, Mayureak devoted greater time and energy to her art, and her unique style strengthened due to a new sense of freedom and confidence. Today, she is one of few Inuit women to work on a large scale in stone, creating complex lyrical images of the Inuit sea goddess Sedna, birds and mask-like faces. She also makes drawings and prints, and is one of few Inuit artists to have created a series of paintings using oil stick and brushes.

Mayureak's graphic works take a documentary approach to recording traditional culture, particularly the activities of women, and to communicating her appreciation of the beauty of the land. "I want the younger generation to make sure that the kayak and traditional Inuit ways are never forgotten," the artist says.


Exhibitions

  • Alaska Eskimo Dolls/Inuit Prints, Provincial Museum of Alberta, sponsored by the Alaska State Council on the Arts
  • Animals of the Arctic, Arctic Inuit Art
  • Arctic Oddities, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • Arctic Spirit 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art, Frye Art Museum
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie Akenaton
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Galerie Montador
  • Art Inuit, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at La Halle aux Bles
  • Art Inuit: Autour de la Collection de Cape Dorset 1990, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Centre Culturel Canadien
  • Art Inuit: Autour de la Collection de Cape Dorset 1991, Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai at Le Colombier
  • Cape Dorset 1978 Collection of Twenty Lithographs, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *78, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *79, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *80, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *81, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *82, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *83, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *84, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *85, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *86, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *87, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *89, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *90, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *91, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *93, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *94, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *95, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Prints and Sculpture, McMaster Art Gallery
  • Cape Dorset: Recent Sculpture, Gallery of the Arctic
  • Chisel and Brush/Le ciseau et la brosse, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
  • Contemporary Inuit Drawings, Muscarelle Museum of Art College of William and Mary
  • Die Kunst aus der Arktis, Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Ottawa, presented by Commerzbank
  • Images of our past, Art of Man Gallery
  • Inuit Art at Rideau Hall, Presented by Indian Affairs and Northern Development
  • Inuit Art in the 1970s, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  • Isumavut:The Artistic Expression of Nine Cape Dorset Women, Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • Kunst van de Inuit Eskimo's, Gemeentelijk Kunstcentrum Huis Hellemans
  • Northern Exposure: Inuit Images of Travel, Burnaby Art Gallery
  • Return of the Birds, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Sedna: Spirit of the Sea, Feheley Fine Arts
  • The Inuit Amautik: I Like My Hood To Be Full, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Women of the North: An Exhibition of art by Inuit Women of the Canadian Arctic, Marion Scott Gallery

Collections

  • Bata Shoe Museum Foundation, Don Mills
  • Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
  • Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City
  • GE Canada Inuit Art Collection, Mississauga
  • Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet
  • McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton
  • Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
  • Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife
  • Red Deer and District Museum and Archives, Red Deer
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
ARCTIC LOON 2019-04 (April 2019)
BEAR SPIRIT 2019-11 (November 2019)
BEARS PLAYING 2014-01 (January 2014)
BIRD 2011-12 (December 2011)
CARIBOU GATHER 2019-02 (February 2019)
DANCE OF THE WALRUS SPIRIT 2019-12 (December 2019)
FACE AND BIRD TRANSFORMATION 2011-11 (November 2011)
FAMILY OF FISHERMAN 2008-05 (May 2008)
FIRST GOOSE HUNT 2019-11 (November 2019)
FISHERBIRDS 2020-01 (January 2020)
FLIGHT OVER FISH LAKE 2015-01 (January 2015)
HEAD WITH BRAIDED HAIR AND BEADED ACCESSORY 2019-11 (November 2019)
HUNTER AND SEAL 2011-12 (December 2011)
I SAW A STRANGE BIRD 2019-11 (November 2019)
ISSHUMACUT/OUR THOUGHTS 2017-03 (March 2017)
KNEELING WOMAN 2013-06 (June 2013)
KUDLIK 2008-05 (May 2008)
LAND AND SEASCAPE 2016-09 (September 2016)
MAN 2017-10 (October 2017)
NEW AMAUTIK; THE NEW KAMIKS 2015-08 (August 2015)
PUPPY 2018-05 (May 2018)
SEDNA AND FISH 2014-09 (September 2014)
SEDNA WITH LONG HAIR 2018-08 (August 2018)
SHARED VISION 2011-01 (January 2011)
SPIRIT KUDLIK 2011-12 (December 2011)
SPIRIT TRANSFORMATION 2018-08 (August 2018)
THE NEW KAMIKS 2019-09 (September 2019)
TUULLIK 2015-01 (January 2015)
WALRUS AND BIRD 2016-09 (September 2016)
WALRUS FAMILY 2017-03 (March 2017)
WALRUS WATCH NEWBORN 2020-02 (February 2020)
WOMAN WITH BRAIDED HAIR 2020-06 (June 2020)
WOMAN WITH BRAIDS 2012-07 (July 2012)

Recent Auction Results

WOMAN WITH BRAIDED HAIR
Estimate: 600 — 900
Sold: Jun 2020 — Sold For: $600
WALRUS WATCH NEWBORN
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Feb 2020 — Sold For: $480
WALRUS WATCH NEWBORN
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Jan 2020 — Sold For: $276
FISHERBIRDS
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Jan 2020 — Sold For: $156
DANCE OF THE WALRUS SPIRIT
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Dec 2019 — Sold For: $120
BEAR SPIRIT
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Nov 2019 — Sold For: $570

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