Kenojuak Ashevak – Inquisitive Owl

Kenojuak Ashevak
Inuit-Cape Dorset, 1927-2013


Inquisitive Owl
Stone cut and stencil

Kenojuak Ashevak spent her childhood at Ikirasaq, on the southern coast of Baffin Island, living a traditional Inuit hunting and fishing life. In 1966, she and her husband, Johnniebo Ashevak, moved to Cape Dorset to pursue sculpture and drawing. They continued to work closely together as artists until Johnniebo’s death in 1972.

Kenojuak received a multitude of awards and honors in the Canadian art world and her work has a worldwide following. Her imagery has appeared on Canadian stamps and coins, and her life has been documented in print and film. She produced many commissioned works. One of her most distinctive pieces is the 1959 print “Rabbit Eating Seaweed,” and her 1960 print “Enchanted Owl” has become an iconic Canadian image. Her sculpture has also achieved wide renown. Today Canadians revere Kenojuak as a national treasure for her key role as a pioneer of modern Inuit art.