b. 1961 -
Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory
Shuvinai Ashoona's imaginative and evocative drawings take a personal look at complex realities of contemporary Inuit life, histories of traditional spirituality versus organized religion and the influence of North American culture on a population that has experienced a dramatic change of lifestyle and culture in a single generation.
Shuvinai Ashoona was the subject of the documentary “Ghost Noise” produced and directed by Marcia Connolly in 2010. Ashoona’s work has appeared in Art Basel, the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012), the National Gallery of Canada (2011, 2013), at the 'Oh, Canada' exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2013), the Art Gallery of Ontario (2009) among many other exhibitions around the globe.
National Gallery of Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Justina M Barnicke Gallery
MacDonald Stewart Art Centre
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
National Museum of the American Indian.
"Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North North America," Denise Markonish, ed., The MIT Press, 2012. pg. 178-181. http://www.ohcanadayyc.com/artists/3
"Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing," Craig Garrett, ed. et al., Phaidon Press Limited, 2013. pg. 32-33.
"Three Women, Three Generations: Drawings by Pitseolak Ashoona, Napatchie Pootoogook, and Shuvinai Ashoona," Exhibit Catalog, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1999.
"Inuit Modern," Gerald McMaster, ed., Douglas & McIntyre Publishers Inc., 2011. p. 200.
"Shuvinai Ashoona: Inuit Feminism Goes Global," Sarah Milroy, The Globe and Mail, 2012.
"Shuvinai Ashoona's 21st Century Style Represents Nunavut as She sees it," Peter Varga, Nunatsiaq Online, 2013.