Kenojuak Ashevak


    Today October 3, 2014 Google Canada is celebrating the legacy of Kenojuak Ashevak with a Google Doodle on the Canadian Search Engine homepage. If you are into art and not from Canada or if you haven’t heard of the art form “Inuit art” then you might find the Doodle about Kenojuak Ashevak fascinating.


    More about Inuit art

    Inuit art refers to artwork produced by Inuit people, that is, the people of the Arctic previously known as Eskimos, a term that is now often considered offensive outside Alaska.

    Historically their preferred medium was walrus ivory, but since the establishment of southern markets for Inuit art in 1945, prints and figurative works carved in relatively soft stone such as soapstone, serpentinite, or argillite have also become popular.

    The Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, Manitoba claims to have the largest collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world. In 2007, the Museum of Inuit Art opened in Toronto, Ontario

    About Kenojuak Ashevak

    Kenojuak Ashevak was a Canadian artist well known for her Inuit art works, she is also regarded as one of the most notable Canadian pioneers for the art form. She was born on October 3, 1927 Ikirasaq, Baffin Island in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Kenojuak Ashevak died at the age of 85 in Cape Dorset, Dorset Island in the Nunavut of Canada.

    She is best known for soapstone carving, drawing, etching, stone-cut, and print-making in the Inuit art form.

    Kenojuak Ashevak work brought national attention to indigenous art and thrusted the ever-humble artist into the spotlight. For her contribution to art and Canadian culture, Kenojuak Ashevak was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

    About the Kenojuak Ashevak Google Doodle

    The Doodle features a slightly modified version of one of Kenojuak Ashevak prominent art works of a Peacock bird. The Doodle is black and shades of brown, and the Bird inside the doodle looks spectacular. The Doodler cleverly placed the words “Google” around the head of the peacock blending nicely into the artwork.

    You can read more about Kenojuak Ashevak on the Wikipedia page about Kenojuak Ashevak and if you are interested in the Inuit art you can visit the Inuit art pages also on Wikipedia.