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Photo: Adamie Ashevak


sculptural, sculpture/carving, stone

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.


The Igloo Tag Trademark
The Igloo Tag Trademark is an internationally recognized symbol that denotes handmade, original artwork made by Inuit artists in Canada. Established in 1958, the Trademark is now managed by the Inuit Art Foundation. The appearance of the Igloo Tag on an artist profile means they have had the Trademark applied to their artwork.



Born in 1959 in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, Adamie Ashevak is the son of world-renowned artist Kenojuak Ashevak (1927–2013) and Johnniebo Ashevak (1923–1972). Spending his formative years on the land, Ashevak's practice engages with the land, animals and traditional Inuit knowledge. He began carving as a young child, learning from his parents. Ashevak’s preferred subject matter are polar bears, which he renders with the attention to detail he acquired through hunting and living on the land. Looking to the work of Kinngait carver Nuna Parr for inspiration in carving animals, and carver Silas Kayakjuak in his rendering of the human figure, Ashevak enjoys capturing movement in his work. His work has been exhibited across Canada and abroad, most notably in 1996 in the "New Visions" exhibition at Spirit Wrestler Gallery, in Vancouver. His work is held in the collection of Galerie Art Inuit Brousseau, in Quebec.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
“That’s my auntie”: A new book reframes photos from Indigenous communities October 19, 2019 Prajakta Dhopade
Tuvaq: Inuit Art and the Modern World 2010 Ken Mantel
Canadian Who's Who 2009 2009 Elizabeth Lumley


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Telling Stories: Inuit Art from Cape Dorset Dec 2012 - Mar 2013 Toronto Pearson Airport: Terminal 1
Sedna and her Creatures Feb - Mar 2013 Alaska on Madison
Polar Bears May - June 2010 Canadian Arctic Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Member of the Board of Directors of the Inuit Art Foundation 2001 - 2004 Inuit Art Foundation
Member of the Editorial Advisory for the Inuit Art Quarterly 2002 - 2004 Inuit Art Quarterly

Edit History

January 2, 2018 Updated By: Lera Kotsyuba
September 12, 2017 Created by: Concordia Student Researcher