Kenojuak Ashevak exhibition in Toronto, Ontario winds up this week

Birds from the Sea. Kenojuak Ashevak. 1960. (Courtesy Feheley Fine Arts)
Birds from the Sea. Kenojuak Ashevak. 1960. (Courtesy Feheley Fine Arts)
When reknowned Canadian Artist Kenojuak Ashevak died in 2013, she left behind a rich legacy.

Her iconic images like Enchanted Owl helped put Inuit art on the international map.

Now, an exhibition titled Kenojuak Ashevak 1927-2013 is underway at Feheley Fine Arts in Toronto, Ontario showcasing everything from Ashevak’s recent works to her earlier creations.

“Her style right from the very beginning was so unique,” Pat Feheley, the director of Feheley Fine Arts, says.

“She just had an inherent sense of balance. The compositions are always fully resolved and then within them the colour just sings.

“It’s something that very few artists have.”

To find out more about why Ashevak’s work continues to endure, Eye on the Arctic’s Eilís Quinn spoke with the director of Feheley Fine Arts, Pat Feheley:

The exhibition runs until July 19th.

2010 Eye on the Arctic Interview with Kenojuak Ashevak:

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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