Inuk Print of smiling sun in red with chin tatoo

Kenojuak Ashevak, The Woman Who Lives in the Sun, 1960. Stonecut on paper, 49.5 x 65.6 cm. Promised gift to the AGO. © Estate of Kenojuak Ashevak, courtesy Dorset Fine Arts.


Kenojuak Ashevak: Highlights from the Dr. Ronald M. Haynes Collection

Opens December 14, 2024

R. Samuel McLoughlin Gallery, Level 2, 239

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In the first of two installations showcasing artworks from the Dr. Ronald M. Haynes Collection, 14 prints by renowned Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak (1927–2013) are featured, including The Woman Who Lives in the Sun, one of the most iconic and recognizable works in Inuit art history. Hailing from Kinngait (previously known as Cape Dorset) Nunavut, Ashevak is famous for her fluid graphic storytelling and stunning skill with stonecut printing, and widely known as the “grandmother of Inuit art.” Curated by Renée van der Avoird, AGO, Associate Curator of Canadian Art, these works are all promised gifts to the AGO.

About the Dr. Ronald M. Haynes Collection
Based in Toronto and originally from England, Haynes began collecting in the 1970s, acquiring works from various Toronto galleries and auction houses. Haynes passion for modern Canadian art, finds expression in his dedication to Inuit sculpture and works on paper. In addition to these prints by Kenojuak Ashevak, his holdings include remarkable artworks by Nooveya Ippellie, Jessie Oonark, Joe Talirunili,  Lucy Tasseor, and Pitaloosie Saila.

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