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SAIMAIYU AKESUK

When I went down to the litho shop to sell my first drawing, I was very nervous wondering whether they would buy it or not. My first drawing was an image of my late grandfather’s (Latchaolassie) carving of a bird. I was so proud to get paid for that drawing and it inspired me to do more drawings. -Saimaiyu Akesuk

Saimaiyu Akesuk was born on April 28, 1988 in Iqaluit but she has lived in Cape Dorset her whole life. Her parents are Lau Akesuk and Olayuk Akesuk who was one of the first Members of the Legislative Assembly in Nunavut. Saimaiyu was inspired to start drawing by Ningeokuluk Teevee while they were taking a class together at the Nunavut Teaching Education Program. Saimaiyu’s confident drawings of birds and bears are characterized by her bold and dynamic simplicity rendered with soft tenderness and quite often a touch of whimsy.

Text and images courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts.
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Striped Goose by Saimaiyu Akesuk

© Saimaiyu Akesuk, 2014. Printed by Ashoona Ashoona.

Price: $600.00
Quamajaq (Fly) by Saimaiyu Akesuk

© Saimaiyu Akesuk, 2014. Printed by Qavavau Manumie.

Price: $800.00
Radiant Spirit by Saimaiyu Akesuk

© Saimaiyu Akesuk, 2014. Printed by Qavavau Manumie.

Price: $800.00
Pink Lemming by Saimaiyu Akesuk

© Saimaiyu Akesuk, 2015. Printed by Qavavau Manumie.

Price: $900.00
Courting Birds by Saimaiyu Akesuk

© Saimaiyu Akesuk, 2015. Printed by Qiatsuq Niviaqsi.

Price: $1,000.00