Ashoona, OC, RCA

Photo: Pitseolak Ashoona
Credit: Jimmy Manning
Ashoona, OC, RCA


drawing, 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.

Tujjaat, NT

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.




Born on the Southeast coast of Tujjaat and based in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, Pitseolak Ashoona’s work depicts the strength, resilience and identity of women. A self-taught artist working primarily in graphite, pencil crayons and felt-tip pens, Ashoona produced more than 9,000 drawings in her lifetime. Ashoona created works that were openly autobiographical, vividly portraying memories and stories of her life. The 1970s were a critical period in her career, becoming internationally recognized and accomplishing numerous remarkable achievements. In 1974, she was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Art. Furthermore, in 1977, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian art.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
How three generations of women artists in one indigenous family tell the story of a century of change December 5, 2018 Caroline A. Miranda
Canadian and Indigenous Art: 1968 to Present Fall 2017 Lindsay Nixon
What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week August 24, 2017 Jason Farago and Martha Schwendener


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
Kinngait Studio Returns September 30 - November 4, 2019 Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Shifting Geographies September 19 - October 26, 2019 University of Alberta Museums


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Winter 2000 Inuit Art Foundation
Featured on Canadian Postage Stamp 1993 Canada Post
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 1984 Dorset Fine Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Amon Carter Museum of American Art Fort Worth, TX, United States
Anchorage Museum Anchorage, AK, United States

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September 12, 2017 Created by: Mikaela Clark Gardner