Framed Art Card by Pitseolak Ashoona, Inuit

Framed Art Card by Pitseolak Ashoona, Inuit

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This printed art card with frame features a beautiful Dancing Birds print by renowned Inuit artist Pitseolak Ashoona.

Pitseolak Ashoona was born in 1904 on Nottingham Island in the Hudson Straights, while her family was en route from Sugluk (now Salluit) on the north coast of Arctic Quebec to the south coast of Baffin Island. She spent her childhood in several camps on the south Baffin coast. As a young woman she married Ashoona and she bore 17 children, Pitseolak was the mother of several Cape Dorset artists, the Ashoonas Ottochie, Komwartok, Kaka and Kiawak; and Napatchie Pootoogook. Ashoona died during a epidemic in the Nettling Lake area he was still in his prime, leaving Pitseolak to raise their young family on her own.  She settled permanently in Cape Dorset in the early 1960’s.

Pitseolak was among the first in Cape Dorset to begin drawing, and the most prolific. She made close to 9,000 drawings during her 20 years in Cape Dorset. Her prints have appeared in every annual print collection since her work was first published in 1960.  Her best and most authentic drawings were of “the old Eskimo ways”, a way of life deeply embedded in her memory. Pitseolak has been awarded several honours over the years, and her work has been the subject of several projects. In 1971 the National Film Board produced a film based on her book, “Pitseolak: Pictures out of my life”.  In 1974 she was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and she received the Order of Canada in 1977. Pitseolak died in 1983 and is buried behind the Anglican Church in Cape Dorset.  She fulfilled her promise to work on her drawings and prints until she was no longer able.  Her vast legacy of original work now resides on long term loan at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection where it is being photographed, documented and exhibited.

Dimensions: 14.25" x 12"

Frame Colour: Brass

Each art card comes framed with an artist biography and design information as well as hanging attachments. 


Licensed reproductions with royalties paid to every artist. 

Please note that each frame is custom made and a wait time of 2-4 weeks may apply to your purchase. Please also note that every effort will be made to ship items without damage but there is always a risk when shipping glass. Northwest Coast Gifts will not cover the cost of items damaged in the mail.

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