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Pitseolak Ashoona , 1904-1983


Pitseolak Ashoona was born in Nottingham Island in the Hudson Straits. Ashoona grew up on Baffin Island. She has a reputation as one of the best of the Cape Dorset artists. Pitseolak was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and a recipient of the Order of Canada. She produced over 7000 documented original works.

Awards and Honors

Elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, 1974
Canada Council Senior Arts Grant, 1975
The Order of Canada (highest civilian honor), 1977


Online resources by or about Pitseolak Ashoona:

Canadian Art at the McMichael: Pitseolak Ashoona
Author: McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Type: authorbio
Description: Information about Ashoona's engraving, Witch with Friends, and his life.

Cape Dorset Artist: Pitseolak Ashoona
Author: Dorset Fine Arts
Type: authorbio
Description: Five images of Ashoona's artwork.

Pitseolak Ashoona
Author: The Isaacs/Innuit Gallery
Type: authorbio
Description: This site includes an image of one of Pitseolak's paintings, a biography, listing of exhibitions, and honours received.

Books by Pitseolak Ashoona:

Ashoona, Pitseolak. Pictures out of my life
Montreal : Design Collaborative Books, 1971.
Genre: Autobiography
Language: English and Eskimo
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0195401913

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