Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Works by Inuit art's best-known personality on view at the National Gallery of Canada KENOJUAK ASHEVAK: TO MAKE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

Ottawa, Canada - April 3, 2002


 « L'œuvre de la personnalité artistique inuite la plus reconnue exposée au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada. KENOJUAK ASHEVAK : LA BEAUTÉ INCARNÉE »  

In 1961, the National Gallery of Canada acquired its first print by Kenojuak Ashevak - The Enchanted Owl. This marked the beginning of a long and exciting relationship with this Inuit artist and the extraordinary body of work she has created over a period of nearly fifty years. On view from April 5 to October 20, 2002, the exhibition Kenojuak Ashevak: To make something beautiful is a celebration of the vision of Inuit art's best-known personality.

Comprised of 25 works, mainly prints and drawings, Kenojuak Ashevak: To make something beautiful explores the themes and approaches behind the artist's compelling images. Rarely does she base her work on events or stories, preferring instead to concentrate on a few favourite motifs that lend themselves to becoming beautiful compositions. In this context, the exhibition highlights how, for example, images of birds - such as the owls and ravens that are ever-present in her art - are used to serve her interests. Sometimes lyrical, sometimes dramatic, the results are always meant to be eye-pleasing.

Throughout her long and rich career, Kenojuak has continued to create images that fulfill her aesthetic ideals. Flowing webs of interconnected images, bold solitary icons, intricately constructed patterns of texture and colour - from the sewn images produced before she began to draw to her most recent experiments with the translucence of colour in lithography - Kenojuak continues to impress us with the strength of her art.

During the run of the exhibition, the critically acclaimed National Film Board production Eskimo Artist: Kenojuak, (1963) will be shown continuously in the Qaggiq (entrance area) of the Inuit Galleries. The public is invited to meet the artist on Sunday, April 28, at 1:30 p.m.

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Until April 30, Wednesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,and Thursdays to 8 p.m.
From May 1, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,and Thursdays to 8 p.m.

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