Jutai Toonoo: Life

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A Retrospective Exhibition
March 5 – March 26

Jutai Toonoo belonged to the middle generation of Inuit artists who bridged the old and new worlds of the Arctic. Born in 1959, he grew up in Cape Dorset, a witness to the transformation of this small isolated settlement to a modern community. Ever curious, he took advantage of increased communications and global awareness to reach out for knowledge. The art mirrored the man; thoughtful, philosophical, and questioning.

Nicotye Samayualie

February 28 – March 28, 2015

nicotye-samayualie-inuit-art-feheley-fine-artsNicotye Samayualie is part of the younger generation of artists in Cape Dorset. In addition to being an artist and a devoted mother, she is has studied art education, and has worked in social services and military recruitment.

Samayualie’s drawings reflect her life and personality, while her thoughtful details and individual graphic style demonstrate a contemporary edge. Her landscapes, although inspired by her environment and camping trips with her family, are imaginative and conceptual.

Samayualie uses symbolism as a tool to provide a narrative of her life, personifying inanimate objects and flowers to represent her family, personal tales and tragedies. Her drawings often portray a dichotomy; a single image will depict calm and beautiful subjects while embodying the artist’s struggle and suffering. Lady Lonely Flower demonstrates this duality by contrasting a bright and stunning flower against the artist’s personal feelings of desolation due to the absence of her partner in her and her children’s lives. Similarly, the imagery of Thinking of Prayers is at once peaceful and painful, integrating the visual serenity of the landscape with the artist’s emotional devastation.

Samayualie’s prints have been featured in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection and her drawings have been exhibited in many groups shows in Canada. We are honoured to present her first solo exhibition of original drawings.

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Shuvinai Ashoona

Woven Thoughts
September 20 – October 11, 2014

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Feheley Fine Arts is delighted to present Woven Thoughts, an exhibition of recent works by Cape Dorset artist, Shuvinai Ashoona, curated by Nancy Campbell. Through continuous experimentation with subject matter, Ashoona’s inventive drawings are consistently at the forefront of contemporary Inuit art. Her recent drawings are a combination of reality and the disturbingly imaginative. Her intricate compositions often involve a highly developed colour spectrum and her own abstract outlook of northern life. Shuvinai Ashoona’s unfailing devotion to developing her art and individual style have made her one of the most prominent contemporary Inuit artists.

Shuvinai Ashoona’s work continues to gain momentum and exposure; her artwork has been exhibited alongside the work of Annie Pootoogook, Sobey Art Award winner, and Shary Boyle, who represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 2013. Ashoona has been featured in curated exhibitions including SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas, Sakahàn at the National Gallery ofCanada, the 18th Sydney Biennale, Oh Canada at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collectionat the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the TD Bank Financial Group.

Meet the Artist:  Thursday, October 2, 5 – 7 pm.

KENOJUAK ASHEVAK

Open until July 19, 2014

Kenojuak Exhibition

After passing away last January, Kenojuak Ashevak remains recognized as one of the greatest Canadian artists of the 20th and 21st century. From her first drawings, done in the late 1950’s, to those completed shortly before her death, she has dazzled audiences with her signature style and brilliant works.

This exhibition reflects her vast creativity through her ability and willingness to create drawings, sculptures and various forms of prints. The fact that she continued to experiment with the abstract and the scale of her drawings, even in old age, is representative of her imagination and dedication. Feheley Fine Arts’ Kenojuak Ashevak show is a retrospective journey that contains work from throughout the fifty-year career of this artistic icon.

Jutai Toonoo – Still Life

March 22 – April 26, 2014

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Feheley Fine Arts is thrilled to present Still Life, an exhibition of recent works by one of the most well-known and cutting edge contemporary Inuit artists, Jutai Toonoo.

Always experimenting with media, style, and composition, Toonoo’s innovative drawings are consistently in the vanguard of contemporary Inuit art.  He gives life and texture to his still life drawings by integrating different types of media, such as oil pastel, acrylic paint, watercolour pencil, and pencil crayon.

Jutai Toonoo’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the TD Bank Financial Group.

Still Life will be at Feheley Fine Arts and Centre Space from March 22 – April 26, 2014, with a public reception and artist talk on April 5th, 2014, 3 – 5 PM.

Kenojuak Ashevak Anniversary Memorial

The internationally renowned Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak passed away on January 8th, 2013. Pat Feheley, a good friend of the artist, hosted a memorial service to commemorate the anniversary of her passing.img_3214-nggid0286-ngg0dyn-0x0x100-00f0w010c010r110f110r010t010

 

Kenojuak Ashevak’s signature style and bold, colourful artwork was well-awarded;  she was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1967, elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1974, and received the Governor General’s Award in 2008.  Additionally, three of her prints (‘Enchanted Owl,’ ‘Return of the Sun’, and ‘The Owl’) were replicated on Canadian stamps.   However, the artist was arguably most famous for over fifty years of contributions to the Cape Dorset Print Collection, ultimately culminating with seven works in the 2013 Print Release.

The gallery was decorated with an assortment of drawings and prints from throughout her career.   The works on display included ‘Serpentine Wolf,’ one of her prints from the latest Cape Dorset Print Release, and an unfinished large-scale drawing that she was working on before she passed.

The memorial had an incredible turnout as friends and family flew down from Cape Dorset to attend, thanks to their friends Barry Appleton, Marnie Schreiber and John Price.   In attendance were Kenojuak’s children, Adamie and Silaqqi Ashevak, daughter-in-law Ooloosie, niece and nephew, Mary and Dennis, and friends, Jimmy and Pitseo Manning.

During the ceremony, speeches were given by the Inuit Art Foundation‘s Jimmy Manning and Pat Feheley, as well as the artist’s daughter Silaqqi Ashevak.   Quotes from printer Qavavau Manumie, Kenojuak’s artist nephew Tim Pitsiulak, and John Price were also read during the ceremony.

Christine Lalonde and Will Huffman from the Inuit Art Foundation announced the establishment of the Kenojuak Memorial Fund.   This bi-annual scholarship will commence in 2015 to grant an Inuit artist a residency, supporting the development of Inuit arts and culture.   For more information on this exciting initiative, pay a visit to the Inuit Art Foundation Website.

Unmasked @ Centre Space

This year’s Unmasked event raised a record $1M in support of vital projects underway at CAMH.  We are proud to have been one of the galleries hosting part of this wonderful event.

“Bringing together leaders from business, philanthropy, health, entertainment and the arts in a vibrant event in support of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), attendees will be treated to a one-of-a-kind dining and cultural experience.”

For more information please visit,
http://www.supportcamh.ca/unmasked2013

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