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Napachie Ashoona (1974-)

Professions: Painter

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  • NAPACHIE ASHOONA (1974- ), Cape Dorset SEDNA

  • Napachie Ashoona A large mottled green soapstone carving of an Inuit mother with child sharing her amautik. H 15.5in., 39.4cm.

Napachie Ashoona Biography


Napachie Ashoona was born on October 10, 1974, in Cape Dorset, Baffin Island. He is a member of one of the most prominent families of Inuit artists in Canada. His grandmother, Pitseolak Ashoona, was a famous printmaker, and so is his talented mother Sorosiluto. His father Kiawak and uncle Kaka (now deceased) are the two foremost Inuit artists. Other well-known artists in the family include their brothers Koomwartok (now deceased) and Namonai, and their sister Napatchie, all three sculptors. Kaka's son, Ohito Ashoona, has already become very famous for his carvings of Polar bears, and his son Ottokie has followed the same artistic path.

When Napachie was a small child, he used to watch his father carving and occasionally would help him sand or file. With a lot of patience and help from his father, he soon learned how to handle the stone. Undoubtedly, Kiawak had a very strong influence on Napachie, both in style and thematically. Like his father, Napachie enjoys carving human body in action. With their expressive and very detailed faces, and bodies in full motion, Napachie's hunters and drum dancers are very reminiscent of Kiawak's work, but they lack the Master's technical control in representing the volume. Napachie has yet to explore the rich world of Inuit mythological imagery , so present in his father's work.

Napachie carves in the local stone called serpentine. It is a very hard metamorphic rock indigenous to Baffin Island, with a structure similar to jade. The colour of the stone varies from light green to brown or even black, but like his father, Napachie prefers the darker shades.


November-December 1992 Inuit Sculpture --New Acquisitions *

Pucker Gallery , Boston, Massachusetts

April-May 1994 Mythic Image

Ancestral Spirits Gallery, Port Townsend, Washington

September 1995 Sedna: Spirit of the

Sea Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, Ontario

November-December 1995 Miniaturen *

Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany

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  • NAPACHIE ASHOONA (1974-), Cape DorsetBIRD MAN, stone, dated 2007, signed in syllabics, 9 View Details
  • NAPACHIE ASHOONA, Cape DorsetKNEELING WOMAN WITH CHILD, stone, signed in syllabics, 8 View Details
  • NAPACHIE ASHOONA, Cape DorsetMOTHER AND CHILD, stone, 7 View Details
  • NAPACHIE ASHOONA (1974-), MAN WITH ROPE, stone, 6 View Details
  • NAPACHIE ASHOONA (1974-), CAPE DORSETCARIBOU IN THE HILLSlithograph, 1977, 49/50, framed, sight21.5 View Details

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