Heritage — Inuit
Ashevak Tunnillie belongs to the third generation of artists in his family. His mother and father, Tavaraq and Qavaroak Tunnillie, were accomplished carvers, and his grandmother Ikayukta was a regular contributor to the Cape Dorset print collection for many years.
While mainly known for his beautiful wildlife imagery, Ashevak Tunnillie shows an equally sensitive and humorous touch with the human figure. Skilled at carving in the round, Ashevak’s use of positive and negative space gives his sculptures an openness of design and a strong presence.
His work was included in the 1989 “Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks,” which toured for more than a decade.