Kenojuak’s Birds

The great Cape Dorset printmaker Kenojuak Ashevak died on January 7 at age 85. I've been meaning to feature her work since 2010 (my trips to Canada have resulted in a stack of Inuit art books). Here's a selection of her "birds" from the last fifty years. I learned of her death today from Bouwe van der Molen.

"One of the best known and most acclaimed Inuit artists of the last 50 years, Kenojuak Ashevak, is being remembered by many across Canada this week....Ashevak began contributing to the famed Cape Dorset print collections in 1959, and [...] contributed to them every year since, right up until the fall 2012 release." [continue reading at Canadian Art]


Kenojuak Ashevak, The Enchanted Owl, 1960 via Canadian Art

"The printmaker rolled ink on the stone block, allowing color to flow freely across forms and lines."
(from the book Inuit Print: Japanese Inspiration)






Dec. 1980 via






Kenojuak Ashevak via Canadian Art







Kenojuak Ashevak, Winter Owls, 1975 via






Kenojuak Ashevak, Summer Owl, 1975 via






Kenojuak Ashevak, Ravens Guard the Sun Owl, 1979 via Feheley Fine Arts







Kenojuak Ashevak, Grand Dame, 2009 via North of Sixty






Kenojuak Ashevak, Curious Intruder, 2009 via North of Sixty






Kenojuak Ashevak, Illustrious Owl via TCNJ






Kenojuak Ashevak, Majestic Owl via Ecla London






Kenojuak Ashevak, Custodians of Ancestral Lore, 1992 via Feheley Fine Arts






Kenojuak Ashevak, Quivering Seagull, 2004 via North of Sixty






Kenojuak Ashevak, Young Owl (etching & aquatint) via Elca London






Kenojuak Ashevak, Katajaktuiit (Throat Singers Gathering), 1991 via North of Sixty






Kenojuak Ashevak, Untitled, n.d. via North of Sixty






Kenojuak Ashevak, Sunlit Ravens, 2009 via North of Sixty






Kenojuak Ashevak, Oracle, 1999 via North of Sixty






Kenojuak Ashevak, Child with Owls, 1974
Feheley Fine Arts






Kenojuak Ashevak, Observant Owl, 2009 via North of Sixty






Kenojuak Ashevak, Timiat Juak (Large Birds), 1987 (lithograph)
Feheley Fine Arts






Kenojuak Ashevak, Ravens Entwined, 2004 (lithograph) via North of Sixty




Previously: The Takeo Takei Lab of Ornithology