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Photo: Karoo Ashevak



Artistic Community:

Talurjuaq (Taloyoak), NU

Date of Birth:

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Karoo Ashevak was an artist based in Talurjuaq (Taloyoak), NU. Ashevak had a quick rise to prominence in the 1970s when his work was exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions in the United States and Canada. He primarily carved in whalebone and used the natural features of the material to create works that played with volumes and shapes, contrasting detailed design with minimally altered material. In his work, Ashevak often created other-worldly figures that conveyed his distinct sense of humour.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Challenging Convention: The Expressive World of Karoo Ashevak Spring 2018 Leslie Boyd
A Man of Many Faces: Karoo Ashevak in 35mm Spring 2018 John Geoghagan
Auction Roundup: Lawren Harris Painting Sells for $11.21M, Sets Record November 23, 2016 Canadian Art


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Creation and Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art Jan 25 - April 14, 2012 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection Apr - Oct 2011 Art Gallery of Ontario
Arctic Spirit: Inuit Art from the Albrecht Collection at the Heard Museum 2006 - 2011 Heard Museum


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Spring 2018 Inuit Art Foundation
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Winter 1989 Inuit Art Foundation

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Glenbow Museum Calgary, AB, Canada

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October 31, 2017 Created by: Inuit Art Foundation Updated by: Rebecca Gray