drawing, painting, printmaking

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.

Salluit, Nunavik, QC

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.




Lucy Qinnuayuak (1915-1982) was a graphic artist from Kinngait, NU (Cape Dorset). She was one of the first people to begin creating graphic works through the Kinngait Studios in the early 1960s. Qinnuayuak’s images are surreal, colourful and frequently light-hearted in tone. Her drawings of families, traditional camp life and birds were featured in nearly every Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection from 1961 to 1982. Qinnuayuak’s works have been widely exhibited and are held in numerous major artistic institutions, including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, MB.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Rare Cape Dorset textiles find their way to trendy Toronto hotel January 27, 2017 Sarah Rogers
Terry Ryan: A Visionary with a Pragmatic Edge Part Two: Hugging the Curving Shore Summer 2009 Patricia Feheley
Charles Gimpel: Early Promotion of Inuit Art in Europe Spring 2009 Judy Hall


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
ᖃᓪᓗᓈᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑯᓯᓛᕐᒥᑦ PRINTED TEXTILES FROM KINNGAIT STUDIOS December 7, 2019 to August 30, 2020 The Textile Museum of Canada
Maanngat (From Here) Nov 2016 - Feb 2017 The Drake Hotel
Modern Vision: Inuit Masterworks from the 1960s and 1970s June-July 2012 Marion Scott Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Summer 2004 Inuit Art Foundation
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 1983 Dorset Fine Arts
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 1982 Dorset Fine Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Guelph Guelph, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Windsor Windsor, ON, Canada

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February 20, 2018 Created by: Rebecca Gray