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Mayureak Ashoona (1946-)

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  • MAYUREAK ASHOONA (1946-), E7-818, Cape Dorset SHARED VISION

  • Mayureak Ashoona (Mayoreak) Born 1946 Cape

  • MAYUREAK ASHOONA (1946-), E7-818, Cape Dorset

Mayureak Ashoona Biography

MAYUREAK ASHOONA (MAYORIAK; MAYOREAK)
Born: September 22, 1946 Female E7-818
Resides: Cape Dorset
Sculpture, Drawings, Prints
" Every year, I prepare skins, sew clothing, make soapstone carvings, and I
have also been drawing since the time they started buying drawings. I will
put all of my abilities towards what needs doing, as long as my abilities are
available to me. There are times when it is very difficult if I've not yet
learned how to do something. But, as we are the only ones living at our
outpost camp, I do get things done! There has never been anyone there to
answer my questions, so I've had to learn how to do things and make things on
my own."
Mayureak Ashoona, from
Inuit Women Artists 1994.

Mayureak and her husband Kaka, also an accomplished artist, moved back out on
to the land in the late 1970s to return to a more traditional lifestyle.

EXHIBITIONS:
1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, Cape Dorset Graphics
1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, (annual collection)
1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, (illustrated catalogue)
1995
March 1978 Arctic Oddities
The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
Toronto, Ontario
(illustrated brochure)
April 1978 Cape Dorset 1978 Collection of Twenty Lithographs
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
Montreal, Quebec
July 1979 - May 1980 Inuit Art in the 1970s
Department of Indian Affairs
and Northern Development, and the
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Kingston, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

August - September 1979
Cape Dorset: Recent Sculpture
Gallery of the Arctic
Victoria, British Columbia
(illustrated catalogue)
August - October 1980 The Inuit Amautik: I Like My Hood To Be Full
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(illustrated catalogue)
February - March 1983 Return of the Birds
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia
(illustrated catalogue)
November 1983 - January 1984
Inuit Art at Rideau Hall
Presented by Indian Affairs and Northern
Development
Ottawa, Ontario
February 1985 - April 1986
Die Kunst aus der Arktis
Department of Indian and Northern
Affairs Canada, Ottawa,
presented by Commerzbank
Frankfurt, Germany
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)
June 1985 Alaska Eskimo Dolls/Inuit Prints
Provincial Museum of Alberta,
sponsored by the Alaska State
Council on the Arts
Edmonton, Alberta
(tour)
June 1985 - September 1987
Chisel and Brush/Le ciseau et la brosse
Department of Indian Affairs
and Northern Development
Ottawa, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

May - June 1986 Northern Exposure: Inuit Images of Travel
Burnaby Art Gallery
Burnaby, British Columbia
(illustrated catalogue)
November - December 1986
Cape Dorset Prints and Sculpture
McMaster Art Gallery
Hamilton, Ontario
November - December 1990
Art Inuit: Autour de la Collection de Cape
Dorset 1990
Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Centre Culturel Canadien
Paris, France
February 1991 Animals of the Arctic
Arctic Inuit Art
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.
May - June 1991 Art Inuit
Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at La Halle aux Bles
Saint Malo, France
August - September 1991
Art Inuit
Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Galerie Akenaton
Troyes, France
November - December 1991
Art Inuit: Autour de la Collection de Cape
Dorset 1991
Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Le Colombier
Ville D'Avray, France
February - April 1992 Art Inuit
Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Galerie Montador
Dieppe, France

June - July 1992 Women of the North: An Exhibition
of art by Inuit Women of the
Canadian Arctic
Marion Scott Gallery
Vancouver, British Columbia
(illustrated catalogue)
November 1993 - January 1994
Contemporary Inuit Drawings
Muscarelle Museum of Art
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A.
(illustrated catalogue)
July 1994 Arctic Spirit
35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art
Frye Art Museum
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
September - October 1994
Kunst van de Inuit Eskimo's
Gemeentelijk Kunstcentrum
Huis Hellemans
Edegem, Belgium
(illustrated brochure)
October 1994 - September 1995
Isumavut:The Artistic Expression
of Nine Cape Dorset Women
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Hull, Quebec
(illustrated catalogue)
September 1995 Sedna: Spirit of the Sea
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario
COLLECTIONS:
Bata Shoe Museum Foundation, Don Mills, Ontario
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, Quebec
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, Michigan, U.S.A.
GE Canada Inuit Art Collection, Mississauga, Ontario
Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories
McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Red Deer and District Museum and Archives, Red Deer, Alberta
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
HONOURS, ACHIEVEMENTS and EVENTS:
1986 Hosting the Official Canadian opening of the 1986 Cape Dorset Graphic
Collection at the Marion Scott Ltd., Gallery of the Arts, Vancouver,
British Columbia.
SELECTED REFERENCES:
Berlo, Janet Catherine
AN EXHIBITION, A BOOK AND AN EXAGGERATED REACTION: A review
essay by Janet Catherine Berlo. Inuit Art Quarterly: 10(1)
Spring 1995, pp. 26-36.
Canadian Arctic Producers
CAPE DORSET: Recent Sculpture. Ottawa: Canadian Arctic
Producers Cooperative Limited, 1979.
Driscoll, Bernadette
THE INUIT AMAUTIK: I Like My Hood to be Full. Winnipeg: The
Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1981.
Jackson, Marion E.
THE ASHOONAS OF CAPE DORSET: In Touch with Tradition.
North/Nord, vol. 29, no. 3, Fall, 1982. pp.14-18.

Leroux, Odette et alia
INUIT WOMEN ARTISTS: VOICES FROM CAPE DORSET: Edited by Odette
Leroux, Marion E. Jackson and Minnie Aoudla Freeman. Hull,
Que.: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1994.
Marion Scott Gallery
WOMEN OF THE NORTH: AN EXHIBITION OF ART BY INUIT WOMEN OF THE
CANADIAN ARCTIC: June 6-July 11, 1992. Vancouver: Marion
Scott Gallery, 1992.
Muscarelle Museum of Art (Williamsburg)
CONTEMPORARY INUIT DRAWINGS: The gift collection of Frederick
and Lucy S. Herman. Williamsburg, Va.: The College of William
and Mary in Virginia, 1993.
Routledge, Marie
INUIT ART IN THE 1970s/L'ART INUIT ACTUEL: 1970-79. Kingston,
Ont. : The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1979.

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