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Lucy Qinnuayuak, ᓗᓯ ᑭᓐᐅᐊᔪᐊ

Settlement: Cape Dorset / Kinngait

(1915-1982) — E7-1068

Born in Salluit, Northern Quebec in 1915, Lucy moved to Baffin Island as a child after her father's death. Her mother later married Takata Meesa, and the couple brought Lucy to the camps of the Cape Dorset area. 

As a teenager Lucy married Tikitu Qinnuayuak in a group ceremony aboard the Hudson's Bay Company supply ship, Nascopie. Lucy and her husband hunted and fished at various locations on the Foxe Peninsula, including Kangia, where in response to encouragement by James Houston she began in the 1950s to create drawings for sale by the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. The extra income was crucial for Lucy in 1961 when her husband became ill and required medical treatment in the South. After his recovery, the couple took up permanent residence in Cape Dorset. They raised a family of six children, two of whom were adopted.

Working mainly with graphite and coloured pencils, Lucy became known for her pictures of birds and Inuit women. Between 1961 and 1982, the year of her death, Lucy had works in each of the Cape Dorset print collections. One print was used in a 1972 UNICEF greeting card; another was used for the 1976 Summer Olympics banner. Her works have been exhibited in over eighty group and solo shows, and are now in many museums and private collections. 

With Kenojuak Ashevak and Pitseolak Ashoona, Lucy played an important part in the recognition that art from Cape Dorset has received.


  • 21 X 12 (Eskimo Drawing Exhibition), Inuk 1 Gallery
  • A Collector's Feast, Snow Goose Associates
  • A New Day Dawning: Early Cape Dorset Prints, University of Michigan
  • Acrylic Works on Paper by Lucy, Mazelow Gallery
  • Arctic Life and Spirit, Gallery Phillip
  • Arctic Spirit 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art, Frye Art Museum
  • Arctic Vision: Art of the Canadian Inuit, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Canadian Arctic Producers
  • ART ESKIMO, Galerie de France
  • Birds and Flowers: Eskimo Graphics by Lucy Quinnuayuak, Arctic Artistry
  • Birds: Sculpture from Cape Dorset & Rock Ptarmigan Limited Edition Print by Kananginak, The Guild Shop
  • Building on Strengths: New Inuit Art from the Collection, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Canadian Eskimo Art: a representative exhibition from the collection of Professor and Mrs. Philip Gray, Fine Arts Gallery, Montana State University
  • Canadian Eskimo Arts Festival, Alaska Methodist University Galleries
  • Canadian Eskimo Lithographs: Third Collection, Presented under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Division of the Department of External Affairs Canada
  • Canadian Prints from the McMaster Art Gallery Collection, McMaster Art Gallery
  • Cape Dorset - A Decade of Eskimo Prints & Recent Sculpture, National Gallery of Canada, in cooperation with the Canadian Eskimo Art Committee
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *61, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *62, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *63, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *64/65, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *66, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *67, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *68, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *69, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *70, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *71, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *72, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *74, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *75, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *76, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *77, (annual collection)
  • 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 Impressions: Inuit Stonecut and Stencil Print Techniques, National Gallery of Canada
  • Cape Dorset Printmaking 1959-1989, McMichael Canadian Collection
  • Cape Dorset Prints, London Art Gallery, Organized for the Central Huron Library
  • Cape Dorset Prints and Sculpture, McMaster Art Gallery
  • Cape Dorset Prints: Twenty-Five Years, National Gallery of Canada
  • Cape Dorset Revisited, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • Cape Dorset Revisited - a collection of previously unreleased prints, exhibited at selected commercial galleries, organized by, West Baffin Eskimo Co-op
  • Cape Dorset Sculpture, McMaster Art Gallery
  • Cape Dorset Through the Years: 25 Years of Graphics and Sculpture, Arctic Artistry
  • Cape Dorset Women Artists Kenojuak, Pitaloosie and Lucy, Gallery Indigena
  • Chisel and Brush/Le ciseau et la brosse, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
  • Contemporary Canadian Eskimo Art, Gimpel Fils
  • Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art of Canada, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa, presented at the General Assembly Building, United Nations
  • Contemporary Inuit Art, National Gallery of Canada
  • Contemporary Inuit Drawings, Muscarelle Museum of Art College of William and Mary
  • Contemporary Inuit Drawings, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
  • December Choice: Arctic Wildlife, Galerie Elca London
  • Demons and Spirits and those who wrestled with them, The Arctic Circle
  • Die Kunst aus der Arktis, Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Ottawa, presented by Commerzbank
  • Dorset: dessins originaux/original drawings, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Drawings: Three Cape Dorset Women, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Early Cape Dorset Prints: Kenojuak, Pitseolak, Lucy, Kananginak, Kopapik, Houston North Gallery
  • Eskimo Art, Embankment Gallery
  • Eskimo Games: Graphics and Sculpture/ Giuochi Eschimesi: grafiche e sculture, National Gallery of Modern Art
  • Eskimo Narrative, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Eskimo Sculpture (and Drawings), Waddington Galleries
  • Exhibition and Balloted Sale of Canadian Art, Art For All
  • Festival of Birds, The Arctic Circle
  • Flights of Fancy - Kenojuak Ashevak, Lucy Qinnuayuak, Pitaloosie Saila, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Graphic Art by Eskimos of Canada: First Collection, Cultural Affairs Division, Department of External Affairs, Canada
  • Graphic Art by Eskimos of Canada: Second Collection, Cultural Affairs Division, Department of External Affairs, Canada
  • Grasp Tight the Old Ways: Selections from the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Hunter of the Sacred Game: Traditional Life on the Land, Organized by the Arts and Learning Services Foundation
  • Imaak Takujavut: The way we see it Paintings from Cape Dorset, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • In Cape Dorset We Do It This Way: Three Decades of Inuit Printmaking, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • Inoonoot Eskima: Grafik och Skulptur fran Cape Dorset och Povungnituk, Konstframjandet
  • Inuit Art in the 1970s, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  • Inuit Art: Drawings and Recent Sculpture, National Gallery of Canada
  • Inuit Drawings, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Inuit Games and Contests: The Clifford E. Lee Collection of Prints, University of Alberta
  • Inuit Graphic Art from Indian & Northern Affairs Canada, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Inuit Graphics and Drawings from 1959-1990, Arctic Artistry
  • Inuit Graphics Through the Year: Rare Prints from the Arctic, Arctic Artistry
  • Inuit Master Artists of the 1970s, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Inuit Prints, University of New Brunswick Long Gallery, St. John Campus
  • Inuit Sculpture and Prints from the Collection, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
  • Inuit Traditions in Graphics: 1961-1987, Arctic Artistry
  • Inuit Woman: Life and Legend in Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Isumavut:The Artistic Expression of Nine Cape Dorset Women, Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • Kingmeata & Lucy: Cape Dorset Drawings, Feheley Fine Arts
  • Kunst aus der Arktis, Volkerkundmuseum der Universitat Zurich
  • Looking South, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Lucy Qinnuayuak: A Retrospective Show, Raven Gallery
  • Lucy: Drawings, Waddington Galleries
  • Lucy: Retrospective Prints, Beckett Gallery
  • Memories of Summers Past, Houston North Gallery
  • Mother and Child: Selections from the Inuit Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Moving Around the Form: Inuit Sculpture and Prints, Agnes Etherington Art Centre Queen's University
  • On the Land, The Arctic Circle
  • Original Drawings from Cape Dorset by Lucy, Pitseolak, Kingmeata, Albers Gallery
  • Polar Vision: Canadian Eskimo Graphics, Jerusalem Artists' House Museum
  • Premiere Exhibit of 1986, Page's Exclusive Eskimo Art
  • Return of the Birds, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Return to Origins, The Arctic Circle
  • Return to Origins II, The Arctic Circle
  • Return to Origins III, The Arctic Circle
  • Selections from the Toronto-Dominion Collection of Eskimo Art, National Arts Centre
  • Small Sculptures from across the Canadian Arctic, Feheley Fine Arts
  • Sojourns to Nunavut: Contemporary Inuit Art from Canada, at Bunkamura Art Gallery, presented by the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology and The McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • Stones, Bones, Cloth, and Paper: Inuit Art in Edmonton Collections, Edmonton Art Gallery
  • The Arctic/L'Artique, UNESCO
  • The Art of the Eskimo, Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University
  • The Cape Dorset Print, Presented at Rideau Hall by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
  • The Contemporary Eskimo Prints and Sculpture, Amon Carter Museum of Western Art
  • The Dorset Group of Four - Drawings and Prints by Kenojuak, Lucy, Parr and Pitseolak, Canadiana Galleries
  • The Eskimo, Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Eskimo Art Collection of the Toronto-Dominion Bank, Toronto-Dominion Bank
  • The Eskimo Woman: her life and dreams in prints and sculpture, The Arctic Circle
  • The Hunter and the Hunted: The Way of the Inuit, The Arctic Circle
  • The Inuit Print/L'estampe inuit, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and the National Museum of Man
  • The Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art from the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Guelph
  • The Lindsay and Swartz Collections: New Acquisitions, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Murray and Marguerite Vaughan Inuit Print Collection, Beaverbrook Art Gallery
  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank Collection, Toronto-Dominion Bank
  • The Woodget Collection of Eskimo Art and Artifacts, Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Art
  • The World Around Me, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery
  • The Year of the Bear, The Arctic Circle
  • The Zazelenchuk Collection of Eskimo Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Transformation, The Arctic Circle
  • Ulu/Inua: Form and Fantasy in Eskimo Art, Casino Gallery, Ravinia Park
  • Uumajut: Animal Imagery in Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • We Lived by Animals/Nous Vivions des Animaux, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in cooperation with the Department of External Affairs
  • Women Who Draw: 30 Years of Graphic Art from the Canadian Arctic, Feheley Fine Arts
  • Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection of Inuit Art, Canadian Guild of Craft Quebec


  • Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston
  • Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth
  • Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage
  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria
  • Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor
  • Art Gallery of York University, Downsview
  • Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton
  • Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa
  • Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
  • Clifford E. Lee Collection, University of Alberta, Edmonton
  • Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa
  • Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton
  • Glenbow Museum, Calgary
  • Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University, Bristol
  • Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet
  • Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Laurentian University Museum and Arts Centre, Sudbury
  • London Regional Art Gallery, London
  • Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph
  • Macmillan-Bloedel Limited, Vancouver
  • McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
  • Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
  • Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal
  • Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • New Brunswick Museum, Saint John
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife
  • Red Deer and District Museum and Archives, Red Deer
  • Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
  • Tate Gallery, London
  • Teleglobe Canada, Montreal
  • Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery and Museum of Fine Art, Owen Sound
  • Toronto-Dominion Bank Collection, Toronto
  • University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge
  • University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg
  • York University, Toronto


Title Last Sold At Auction
3 SMALL BIRDS 2008-04 (April 2008)
A BIRD STEALS A FISHERMAN 2014-01 (January 2014)
A JOURNEY TO BAFFIN 2019-05 (May 2019)
ACROBATIC BIRD 2021-04 (April 2021)
APARIK 2019-06 (June 2019)
ATTACKED BY A GIANT BIRD 2017-08 (August 2017)
BEAR, BIRDS & FISH 2016-11 (November 2016)
BEAR, BIRDS AND FISH 2019-09 (September 2019)
BEAUTIFUL OWL 2014-11 (November 2014)
BIRD DEFENDING NEST 2008-09 (September 2008)
BIRD EATING BERRIES 2017-05 (May 2017)
BIRD SPIRIT 2021-02 (February 2021)
BIRD SPIRIT WITH SEALS 2020-10 (October 2020)
BIRD TOTEM 2008-11 (November 2008)
BIRD TRAPPED IN NET 2016-04 (April 2016)
BIRD WITH A FISH 2020-11 (November 2020)
BIRD WITH FISH 2017-10 (October 2017)
BIRDS AND BEARS 2018-11 (November 2018)
BIRDS AT PLAY 2019-11 (November 2019)
BIRDS COURTING 2017-02 (February 2017)
BIRDS DEFENDING NEST 2016-06 (June 2016)
BIRDS FEEDING 2019-06 (June 2019)
BIRDS FISHING 2008-04 (April 2008)
BIRDS I KNOW 2021-12 (December 2021)
BOY AT HOME ALONE 2010-12 (December 2010)
CAMP SCENE 2014-11 (November 2014)
CATCHING MOULTING BIRDS 2014-10 (October 2014)
CHASING GEESE 2021-02 (February 2021)
CHASING THE SPIRITS 2008-11 (November 2008)
CHILDREN AT PLAY 2009-04 (April 2009)
COMPOSITION 2021-06 (June 2021)
COMPOSITION OF BIRDS 2020-10 (October 2020)
DREAMS OF MY CHILDHOOD 2008-09 (September 2008)
EVENING OWL 2021-12 (December 2021)
FAMILY OF BIRDS 2020-08 (August 2020)
FANTASY OWL 2017-02 (February 2017)
FEATHERED BIRD 2021-12 (December 2021)
FEATHERED TRIO 2014-09 (September 2014)
FOUR BIRDS 2013-05 (May 2013)
GATHERING OF BIRDS 2020-10 (October 2020)
GOOSE CHASE 2012-05 (May 2012)
HAPPY BIRDS 2019-11 (November 2019)
INTRUDER 2011-02 (February 2011)
INTRUDER, 1969 2023-06 (June 2023)
JOURNEY THROUGH A DREAM 2018-11 (November 2018)
JOYFUL MOTHER 2019-02 (February 2019)
JOYFUL MOTHERS 2013-06 (June 2013)
KATAJUK 2019-09 (September 2019)
KATAJUK, 1976 2023-03 (March 2023)
LARGE BEAR 2019-05 (May 2019)
LAUNCHING THE UMIAK 2020-10 (October 2020)
LITTLE OWL 2016-11 (November 2016)
LUCY'S OWL 2021-12 (December 2021)
LUCY’S OWL 2018-11 (November 2018)
MAN HUNTING A SEAL 2011-05 (May 2011)
MAN WANTING A SEAL 2020-02 (February 2020)
MOTHER BIRD 2017-11 (November 2017)
MOTHER’S NEW BLANKET 2017-11 (November 2017)
MY LAST OWL 2018-11 (November 2018)
NANUPAUJA 2007-04 (April 2007)
NESTING BIRD 2021-12 (December 2021)
NEW BIRDS 2016-11 (November 2016)
NIGHT VISION 2019-05 (May 2019)
ON THE OCEAN 2013-03 (March 2013)
OPIALUK 2019-12 (December 2019)
OPIIT 2019-04 (April 2019)
OUR IGLOO 2017-03 (March 2017)
OWL AND YOUNG 2018-09 (September 2018)
OWL AT DAYBREAK 2019-11 (November 2019)
OWL IN WINTER LIGHT 2016-11 (November 2016)
OWL WITH THREE BIRDS 2014-06 (June 2014)
OWLS OF BAFFIN 2016-11 (November 2016)
RADIANT BIRDS 2019-03 (March 2019)
RAVENS DISTURBING DUCKS 2011-11 (November 2011)
RECOLLECTIONS 2018-11 (November 2018)
ROCK BIRD 2010-12 (December 2010)
SARKO 2021-03 (March 2021)
SEA BIRDS 2013-10 (October 2013)
SEABIRDS 2022-09 (September 2022)
SEAGULL IN FLIGHT 2009-02 (February 2009)
SEAGULLS IN FLIGHT 2008-05 (May 2008)
SEALS STALK THE OWL 2020-01 (January 2020)
SEDNA WITH SPOTTED BIRD 2016-03 (March 2016)
SPECTATOR BIRDS 2016-11 (November 2016)
SPIRIT BOAT 2013-11 (November 2013)
SPIRIT OF THE BIRDS 2019-06 (June 2019)
SPIRITS 2019-12 (December 2019)
SPIRITS WITH BEARS 2013-10 (October 2013)
SPRING CAMP 2014-07 (July 2014)
STARTLED BIRD 2021-12 (December 2021)
STRUTTING FALCON 2021-04 (April 2021)
SUMMER HUNTER 2011-02 (February 2011)
SUN BIRD 2021-12 (December 2021)
SUN SPIRIT 2016-06 (June 2016)
SUNBIRD 2016-11 (November 2016)
TALELAYOU, GIANT BIRDS AND MEN 2022-09 (September 2022)
TELLING TALES OF THE OWL 2010-05 (May 2010)
THE WATCHFUL OWL 2013-02 (February 2013)
THOUGHTS OF MY CHILDHOOD 2010-09 (September 2010)
THREE BIRDS 2019-11 (November 2019)
THREE BIRDS WITH A FISH 2018-11 (November 2018)
THREE BIRDS, 1967 2023-06 (June 2023)
THREE BLUE BIRDS 2018-11 (November 2018)
THREE SMALL BIRDS 2008-11 (November 2008)
TRIO OF OWLS 2021-04 (April 2021)
TWO BIRDS 2020-06 (June 2020)
TWO OWLS 2015-11 (November 2015)
UMIAKS 2019-06 (June 2019)
UNTITLED 2021-03 (March 2021)
UNTITLED 2021-03 (March 2021)
UNTITLED 2019-11 (November 2019)
UNTITLED 2021-03 (March 2021)
UNTITLED 2021-03 (March 2021)
UNTITLED 2021-03 (March 2021)
UNTITLED 2019-11 (November 2019)
UNTITLED 2011-05 (May 2011)
UNTITLED 2008-11 (November 2008)
UNTITLED 2007-11 (November 2007)
UNTITLED (BIRDS) 2010-02 (February 2010)
UNTITLED (BOY CHASING BIRD) 2012-04 (April 2012)
UNTITLED (HUNTERS WITH BIRDS) 2014-10 (October 2014)
UNTITLED (LARGE BLUE BEAR) 2016-06 (June 2016)
UNTITLED (OWL) 2012-11 (November 2012)
UNTITLED (OWLS) 2012-04 (April 2012)
UNTITLED, 1962 2024-01 (January 2024)
WALKING TO THE FISH LAKES 2019-09 (September 2019)
WINTER OWL 2019-02 (February 2019)
WOMAN WITH FISH SPEAR 2021-12 (December 2021)
WOMEN AND BIRDS 2009-04 (April 2009)
WOMEN CARRYING FISH 2008-11 (November 2008)
WOMEN STRETCHING BEAR SKINS 2008-11 (November 2008)
WOMEN WITH DUCK 2017-08 (August 2017)
YELLOW BIRD 2009-11 (November 2009)
YOUNG BIRDS 2012-05 (May 2012)
YOUNG ESKIMO FAMILY 2019-03 (March 2019)
YOUNG GIRL 2015-01 (January 2015)
YOUNG HUNTERS 2008-02 (February 2008)
YOUNG OWL IN SUNLIGHT 2021-04 (April 2021)
YOUNG OWLS 2019-04 (April 2019)

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