Lucy Qinnuayuak
Inuit Prints

Dancing in Springtime, by Lucy Qinnayuak
Dancing in Springtime, 1978
Lucy Qinnayuak
complete edition available: stonecut, ed. 50, 17" × 24½"
Sedna with Spotted Bird, by Lucy Qinnuayuak
Sedna with Spotted Bird, 1982
Lucy Qinnuayuak
stonecut & stencil, ed. 50, 16" × 24"


Lucy Qinnuayuak – Artist Biography

Lucy Qinnuayuak (b. 1915-1982) was an Inuk artist born in the small Inuit community of Salluit at the northern tip of Quebec. Her drawings and prints are prolific for her depictions of arctic birds. She also worked with acrylics and mixed media.

As a child, Lucy moved with her family to Baffin Island, where they lived in various outpost camps around Foxe Peninsula. One of these camps, Supujuak, is where she met her husband, sculptor and graphic artist Tikituk Qinnuayuak. She also began to draw during this time. They led a traditional hunting lifestyle until they moved to Cape Dorset in the early 1960's. It was in 1961 that Lucy's work was first featured in the Cape Dorset Print Collection. In 1976, Lucy's design was one of ten chosen to adorn the banners of the summer Olympics. These banners were displayed at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Her work can be found in various collections across Canada and abroad, including the Toronto-Dominion Bank Collection, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, The National Gallery of Canada, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Her work has also been exhibited in Paris, Stockholm, Ottawa, Houston, Anchorage, Chicago, Los Angeles and London.

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.