The art and artists of Canada’s Arctic


In the days before mass media reached the remote corners of Canada, before things like Twitter and Facebook, the art and artists of Canada’s Arctic were the main conduit for northerners to communicate their culture and communities to the rest of the world.

From the first generation of artists like Order of Canada recipient Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013) to contemporary iconoclasts like the late Jutai Toonoo (1959- 2015), these artists pushed boundaries, exploring everything from traditional culture and family life, to the climate and social change going on in their communities.

Since 2010, Eye on the Arctic’s Eilís Quinn has been travelling to these artists’ studios to talk to them about their techniques and their inspiration, their communities and their collaborations.

Here, you can find their conversations, all in one place, and learn more about the printmakers, graphic artists and carvers responsible for some of the most internationally recognized art out of Canada.

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a 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 violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

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

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."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)

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