Celebrating Nunavut Day 2020: Qavavau Manumie

On July 9th, Nunavut Day, we are celebrating internationally-acclaimed Inuit artist Qavavau Manumie.

His delicate touch, light colours and whimsical approach to depicting wildlife and landscapes of the far north can be fresh and heartwarming, and alternatively grim and gritty.

While some of his illustrations are realistic, others are broadly fantastical.  His narratives on paper quietly express a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature, and then can switch to a commentary on pertinent issues affecting Inuit peoples of today.

As of June 5th, a group artist exhibition opened at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland entitled “The Penumbral Age” and is featuring Qavavau’s work until September 13, 2020 (more details and images are available here).

In addition to his own drawings, he has been the printmaker for such incredible talents; such as, Kenojuak Ashevak, Kananginak Pootoogook, Napachie Pootoogook, Tim Pitsiulak, Pudlo Pudlat, and others.

Qavavau’s own works have been exhibited at the WAG (Winnipeg Art Gallery), National Gallery of Canada and Canadian Museum of History as well as internationally.

To view his entire collection in our gallery, please click here









Qavavau Manumie working at Kinngait Art Studio

Photo credit: Thomas Rohner (2016)