Ashoona, OC, RCA

Photo: Kiugak Ashoona
Credit: Barbara Lipton
Ashoona, OC, RCA


printmaking, 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.

Tariugajak, NU

Date of Death:

Artists may have multiple dates of death listed as a result of when and where they passed away. Similar to date of birth, an artist may have passed away outside of a community centre or in another community resulting in different dates being recorded.


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 1933 in Tariugajak, NU, Kiuguk Ashoona was an accomplished sculptor and printmaker as well as an early participant in the Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, art production movement. Ashoona’s sculptures are recognizable for their fluidity and dramatic imagery, including gestural poses, sharp, pointed beaks and expressive eyes. His figures are highly detailed, dynamic and often carved in lustrous, deep green serpentinite. The relationships between people and non-human beings to one another and the land comprised the major thrust of his artistic output, a theme visible in works such as Natturalik (2000) and Bird Spirit (1960). In recognition of his significant artistic achievements, Ashoona was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000 and elected as a Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2003.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Dorset Seen 2017 Leslie Boyd and Sandra Dyck
Tribute: Kiugak Ashoona (1933-2014) Spring 2015 Darlene Coward Wight
Kiawak Ashoona: One of the original Inuit artists who brought Inuit art to the world Winter 2014 Koomautuk Curley


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Stories in Stone: A Canadian Inuit Art Exhibition held on the occassion of the trade mission to Korea lead by Prime Minister Jean Chretien January 1997 Held at the Westin Chosun Hotel organized by McKnight Associates
Small Sculptures by Great Artists V November 1996 Feheley Fine Arts
Kiawak Ashoona aus Cape Dorset, Baffin-Insel Nov - Dec 1996 Inuit Galerie


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012 Governor General of Canada
Nunavut Commissioner’s Arts Award 2009 Commissioner of Nunavut
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 2003 Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Amon Carter Museum of American Art Fort Worth, TX, United States
Art Gallery of Guelph Guelph, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada

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January 29, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
September 12, 2017 Created by: Maddy Tripp