Pitseolak Ashoona produced a vast body of work beginning in the late 1950s, when she shifted from sewing to drawing, until her death in 1983. As she taught herself to draw, she often worked in series, both stylistic and thematic, until she achieved the effect she sought. The key works selected here are each outstanding in their execution and collectively reflect the full range of Pitseolak’s ideas and achievements.


  • Tattooed Woman

    Tattooed Woman 1960

  • The Critic

    The Critic c. 1963

  • Untitled (Birds Flying Overhead)

    Untitled (Birds Flying Overhead) c. 1966–67

  • Innukshuk Builders

    Innukshuk Builders 1968

  • Portrait of Ashoona

    Portrait of Ashoona c. 1970

  • Legend of the Woman Who Turned into a Narwhal

    Legend of the Woman Who Turned into a Narwhal c. 1974

  • Summer Camp Scene

    Summer Camp Scene c. 1974

  • Drawing for print Memories of Childbirth

    Drawing for print Memories of Childbirth 1976

  • The Shaman’s Wife

    The Shaman’s Wife 1980

  • Untitled (Solitary Figure on the Landscape)

    Untitled (Solitary Figure on the Landscape) c. 1980

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