Photo: Saimaiyu Akesuk
Credit: courtesy Froelick Gallery


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.




Saimaiyu Akesuk is an emerging Kinngait-based (Cape Dorset) artist whose practice engages with drawing and printmaking. Her work is colourful and often includes bold lines and shapes in the depiction of animals and insects. In 2014, her work Quamajaq (Fly) 2014 was on the spring cover of Inuit Art Quarterly.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
News Roundup: MAC Montreal Renovation Delays, Fallout from Ontario Culture Cuts and More June 27, 2019 Canadian Art
Nunavut woman who 'hated art' her whole life discovers hidden talent April 29, 2018 Priscilla Hwang
30 Artists to Know: Saimaiyu Akesuk Fall 2017 John Westren


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Kinngait Studios Returns September 30 - November 4th, 2019 Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Spectacular Beings June - July 2018 Feheley Fine Arts
Dorset Fine Arts: Contemporary works on paper by Inuit fine artist Saimaiyu Akesuk Jan - Feb 2017 Froelick Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Silver for One of a Kind Storytelling 2018 National Magazine Awards
Member of the Winnipeg Art Gallery's Indigenous Advisory Council 2017 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2017 Dorset Fine Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Brooklyn Museum New York, NY, United States
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada

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September 12, 2017 Created by: Inuit Art Foundation