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Shuvinai Ashoona Life & Work by Nancy Campbell
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Credit for Cover Image

Shuvinai Ashoona, Happy Mother, 2013. (See below for details.)


Credit for Banner Images

Biography: Photograph of Shuvinai Ashoona, c. March 2, 2005. Photograph by William Ritchie.
Key Works: Shuvinai Ashoona, Composition (Attack of the Tentacle Monsters), 2015. (See below for details.)
Significance & Critical Issues: Shuvinai Ashoona, Composition (Mother and Child Sedna), 2012. (See below for details.)
Sources & Resources: Shuvinai Ashoona, To the Print Shop, 2013. (See below for details.)
Where to See: Installation view of Universal Cobra, 2015, with InaGodadavida on the right. Photograph by Paul Litherland. (See below for details.)


Credits for Works by Shuvinai Ashoona

All Kinds of Spiders in Different Views, 2011. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, purchase 2011 (no. 43460). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Arctic Evening, 2003. Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, and various collections (03-29). Courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts.
Artists Indoors Holding Outdoor Drawing, 2010. Collection of Dr. Sara Diamond. Courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts.
Audience, 2014. Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Birthing Scene, 2013. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, purchased with the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program and the Museum Campaign 1988–1993 Fund, 2014 (2014.98). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. Photo credit: Christine Guest.
Cape Dorset from Above, 2012.  Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, purchased with the assistance of the Joan Chalmers Inuit Art Fund, 2014 (2014/388). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Carrying Suicidal People, 2011. Collection of John and Joyce Price. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Community, 1993–94. Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto (CD.148.12). Courtesy of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg. © Dorset Fine Arts.
Composition (Attack of the Tentacle Monsters), 2015. Collection of Paul and Mary Dailey Desmarais. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Composition (Community with Six Houses), 2004–5. Art Gallery of Guelph. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Composition (Cube), 2009. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, purchased with the assistance of the Joan Chalmers Inuit Art Purchase Fund, 2009 (2009/92). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Composition (Egg in Landscape), 2006. Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Composition (Hands Drawing), 2014. Collection of Martha Burns and Paul Gross. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Composition (Holding Up the Globe), 2014. Collection of BMO Financial Group. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Composition (Mother and Child Sedna), 2012. Collection of Dr. C. Peter N. Watson. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Composition (Overlooking Cape Dorset), 2003. Collection of Ed Pien and Johannes Zits. Courtesy of Ed Pien. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Composition (People, Animals, and the World Holding Hands), 2007–8. Collection of Edward J. Guarino. Courtesy of Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Composition (Purple Bird Transformation), 2010. Collection of Stephanie Comer and Rob Craigie. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Composition (Self-Portrait), 2006. Collection of Barry Appleton. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.

Composition (Shuvinai in the Co-op Studio), 2003. Collection of Barry Appleton. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Composition (This is My Coat of Many Colours), 2006. Collection of Edward J. Guarino. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Composition (Time Interrupted), 2006. Art Gallery of Guelph, purchased with support from the Florence G. Partridge Fund, the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Programme of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program, 2007 (MS2007.042). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Composition (Two Men and a Spider), 2007–8. Private collection. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Creatures, 2015. Collection of Suzanne Lamarre. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Discombobulated Woman, 1995–96. Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts.
Earth and Sky, February 2008, by Shuvinai Ashoona and John Noestheden. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, purchased 2009 (no. 42369). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, and John Noestheden.
Earth Surrounded by Drawings, 2012. Private collection. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Earth Transformations, 2012. Collection of Martha Burns and Paul Gross. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Earths with People on Them, 2010. Collection of John and Joyce Price. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Egg, 2006. Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, and various collections (CD06-33). Courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts. © Dorset Fine Arts.
Egg and Tools, 2004–5. Winnipeg Art Gallery, acquired with funds from Mr. and Mrs. G.B. Wiswell Fund (2009-32).  Photo credit: Ernest Mayer. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Exhibition, 2015, by Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle. Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montreal. Courtesy of Shary Boyle. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, and Shary Boyle.
Family in Tent, 2003. Winnipeg Art Gallery, acquired with funds from the Winnipeg Rh Foundation Inc. (2004-71). Photo credit: Ernest Mayer. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Handstand, 2010. Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts.
Handstand, 2010, printed by Qiatsuq Niviaqsi. Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, and various collections (CD10-33). Courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Happy Mother, 2013. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, purchased with the Monique Parent Fund, 2014 (2014.91). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. Photo credit: Christine Guest.
Holding Shirts, 2015. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, purchased 2016 (47003). Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Hunting Monster, 2015. Oakville Galleries, purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program, the Corporation of the Town of Oakville, and the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, a program of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation, 2016. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
InaGodadavida, 2015, by Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, purchased 2015 (no. 47002). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, and Shary Boyle.
Inner Worlds, 2014. Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, and various collections. Courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts. © Dorset Fine Arts.
Interior, 1997. Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, and various collections. Courtesy of Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver. © Dorset Fine Arts.
Landscape with Grass, 1996. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, purchased 2001 (no. 40566). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Low Tide, 1994. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, purchased 2001 (no. 40567). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Oh My Goodness, 2011. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, purchased 2013 (no. 45666). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
People Walking Between Worlds, 2010.  Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, purchased with the J. Stuart Fleming Fund, 2012 (55-001).  Photo credit: Bernard Clark. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Rock Landscape, 1998. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, purchased 2001 (no. 40564). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Rock Landscape, 1998. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, purchased 2001 (no. 40568). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Scary Dream, 2006. Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, and various collections (CD06-34). Courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts. © Dorset Fine Arts.
Self-Portrait, 2015.  Claridge Collection. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, and Shary Boyle. Photo credit: Paul Litherland.
Shovelling Worlds, 2013. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, purchased with the assistance of the Joan Chalmers Inuit Art Fund, 2013 (2013/90). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Shuvinai’s World — At Home, 2012. Collection of BMO Financial Group. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Sinking Titanic, 2012. Winnipeg Art Gallery, acquired with funds realized through sale of Inuit prints (2013-20).  Photo credit: Ernst Mayer. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Summer Sealift, 2004. Oakville Galleries and various collections. Courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts.
Tent Surrounded by Rocks, 2006. Collection of Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Three Cousins, 2005. Private collection. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Titanic, Nascopie, and Noah’s Ark, 2008. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, purchased with the assistance of the Joan Chalmers Inuit Art Purchase Fund, 2009 (2009/93). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
To the Print Shop, 2013. Collection of Paul and Mary Dailey Desmarais. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Untitled, 2012. Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto (148-1736). © Dorset Fine Arts.
Untitled, 2013. Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto (148-1720). © Dorset Fine Arts.
Untitled (Eden), 2008. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, purchased 2009, (no. 42917). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Untitled (Guitar), 2008. Collection of Kevin Hearn. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. Photo credit: Brad van der Zanden.
Untitled (Pink Amauti Hood), February 2010. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, purchased 2011 (no. 43368). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Untitled (Strange Rock Formation), 2003–4. Private collection. Courtesy of Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Untitled Collaboration, 2008, by Shuvinai Ashoona and John Noestheden. RBC Art Collection. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, and John Noestheden.
Waterfall, 1993-4. Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver. © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.


Credits for Photographs and Works by Other Artists

A street view of the “litho shop” at Kinngait Studios, 2005. Photograph by Nancy Campbell.
Cape Dorset Freezer, 2005, by Annie Pootoogook. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, purchased 2007 (no. 42155). © Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
Catalogue for the exhibition Noise Ghost and Other Stories. Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Courtesy of Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Photo credit: Ian Lefebvre.
Interior spread of catalogue for the exhibition Noise Ghost and Other Stories. Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Courtesy of Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Photo credit: Sean Weaver.
Cover of the catalogue for Three Women, Three Generations, 1999. McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg. Courtesy of Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Photo credit: Ian Lefebvre.
Installation of Earth and Sky, 2012, at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, April 26–September 2, 2013. Photograph by Janice Pine. Courtesy of Janice Pine and John Noestheden.
Installation view of Universal Cobra, 2015. Photograph by Paul Litherland. Courtesy of Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montreal.
Installation view of Universal Cobra, 2015, with InaGodadavida on the right. Photograph by Paul Litherland. Courtesy of Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montreal.
Installation view of Woven Thoughts, September 2014. Photograph by Renzo Fernandez. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto.
Kijjautiik (Scissors), 2007, by Annie Pootoogook. Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, and various collections (2007-01). Courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts.
Pitseolak Ashoona drawing in her summer tent in Cape Dorset, June 1967. Photograph by Evelyn Crees.
Scotch Bonnet, 2007, by Shary Boyle. Private collection. Courtesy of Shary Boyle. © Shary Boyle.
Shuvinai Ashoona drawing a landscape work, 2006. Photograph by Nancy Campbell.
Shuvinai Ashoona drawing at Kinngait Studios, November 6, 2014. Photograph by William Ritchie.
Shuvinai Ashoona drawing in Kinngait Studios, January 29, 2013. Photograph by William Ritchie.
Still from the film Ghost Noise, 2010, directed by Marcia Connolly. Courtesy of Marcia Connolly.
Terrence Ryan with Pitseolak Ashoona and Anirnik Peesee, date and photographer unknown. Courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto.
The community of Cape Dorset, 2006. Photograph by Nancy Campbell.
Untitled, 2006, by Annie Pootoogook. Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto (CPT 4236). © Dorset Fine Arts.
Untitled, 2015, by Pudlo Samajualie. Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto. © Dorset Fine Arts.


Acknowledgments

From the author
Many people have been instrumental in the writing of this publication. I acknowledge the professionalism of the entire team at the Art Canada Institute, especially Sara Angel, Meg Taylor, and Kendra Ward, for the opportunity to share the spectacular work of Shuvinai Ashoona with a broader public. I thank York University’s Visual Art & Art History Department and my doctorate advisors Dr. Anna Hudson, Dr. Sarah Parsons, and Dr. Gerald McMaster, who are critical to my presentation. Special thanks to Patricia Feheley and Brad van der Zanden at Feheley Fine Arts for their knowledge, assistance, and encouragement. The people at Dorset Fine Arts have been an invaluable resource as well as my colleagues at the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in Kinngait. A special thanks to William Ritchie for his valuable insight and deep experience and William Huffman for his encouragement. I respect my many colleagues at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, and The Power Plant, who have offered me many opportunities to present the work of Inuit artists within their galleries. Most importantly is Shuvinai Ashoona, for her honesty and friendship. Artists are the core, the reason, and the joy of all curatorial work.


From the ACI

This online art book was made possible thanks to its Title Sponsor: TD Bank. Much gratitude goes to the Founding Sponsor for the Canadian Online Art Book Project: BMO Financial Group. Gratitude also goes to Institutional Sponsor: Esker Foundation.

The Art Canada Institute gratefully acknowledges its other sponsors for the 2016–17 Season: Aimia, Kiki and Ian Delaney, The Scott Griffin Foundation, Rosamond Ivey, London Community Foundation, Karen Schreiber and Marnie Schreiber, and The McLean Foundation.

Thanks also to the Art Canada Institute Founding Patrons: Jalynn H. Bennett, the Butterfield Family Foundation, David and Vivian Campbell, Albert E. Cummings, Kiki and Ian Delaney, the Fleck Family, Roger and Kevin Garland, Gershon Iskowitz Foundation, The Scott Griffin Foundation, Michelle Koerner and Kevin Doyle, Phil Lind, Sarah and Tom Milroy, Nancy McCain and Bill Morneau, Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan, Sandra L. Simpson, Pam and Mike Stein, and Robin and David Young, Sara and Michael Angel; as well as its Founding Partner Patrons: The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and Partners in Art. 

The ACI gratefully acknowledges the support and assistance of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Jennifer Nicoll); Art Gallery of Guelph (Alexandra Hartstone-Gamrot, Shauna McCabe, Dawn Owen); Art Gallery of Ontario (Amy Furness, Ian Lefebvre, Tracy Mallon-Jensen, Larry Pfaff, Sean Weaver); Art Museum at the University of Toronto (Justine Kicek, Heather Pigat); Bank of Montreal (Dawn Cain); Canadian Museum of History; Claridge Inc.; Dorset Fine Arts (David Hannan); Feheley Fine Arts (Pat Feheley, Brad van der Zanden); Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center (Karen Hines); Marion Scott Gallery (Charles Bateman); McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Alexandra Cousins); Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Marie-Claude Saia); Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (Pascale Tremblay, Anne-Marie Zeppetelli); National Gallery of Canada (Raven Amiro); Oakville Galleries (Clara Halpern, Matthew Hyland); Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain (Sean Greenspoon, Pierre-François Ouellette); Royal Bank of Canada (Robin Anthony); Winnipeg Art Gallery (Nicole Fletcher, Karen Kisiow); and Barry Appleton, Christopher Bredt, Shary Boyle, Martha Burns, Jamie Cameron, Stephanie Comer, Marcia Connolly, Rob Craigie, Paul and Mary Desmarais, Sara Diamond, Paul Gross, Edward J. Guarino, Toni Hafkenscheid, Kevin Hearn, Lee Henderson, Suzanne Lamarre, John Noestheden, Ed Pien, Janice Pine, Peter Power, John and Joyce Price, Peter Ross, Sam and Esther Sarick, Peter Watson, and Johannes Zits.


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Campbell, Nancy, 1965-, author
Shuvinai Ashoona: life & work / Nancy Campbell.

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1. Ashoona, Shuvinai, 1961-.  2. Ashoona, Shuvinai,
1961- –Criticism and interpretation.  3. Inuit drawing–Canada.
I. Ashoona, Shuvinai, 1961- .  Drawings.  Selections.  II. Art
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