NINGEEUGA OSHUITOQ (NINGEOGAT; NINGEEYOUGOT; NINGIUNGAT; OSHWEETUK; NINGEOGA; NINEGEUGA; MINGEEUGA)
Born: September 3, 1918 Female E7-933 Place of Birth: Amadjuak Camp Died: 1980 Resided: Cape Dorset; also lived in Shukbuk Camp Drawings, Prints, Sculpture
Ningeeuga was the daughter of Anernik, who produced many prints for the Dorset annual collections. Born at Amadjuak Camp, the family moved closer to Cape Dorset when the Hudson Bay post at Amadjuak had closed down. In 1960, Ningeeuga's ill health brought her family to Cape Dorset, and by 1961 tuberculosis had sent her to Hamilton for treatment. She stayed in the South for three years, but did not begin to draw until returning home to Cape Dorset.
"Ningeeuga draws inspiration for the subject matter of her images from her imagination and from her experience living on the land in the traditional Inuit culture. She developed a distinctive personal style with strong curvilinear forms in her representations of Inuit women, children, birds, and imaginary creatures, and the design elements often take priority over representational accuracy. Rubber-legged children and dogs romp happily across her pages, and she often embellishes her simple line drawings with lines, balls, and circles enhancing their interest and design qualities."*
*Marion E. Jackson In "North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary" 1995.
1966, 1967, 1968, 1973, 1974, Cape Dorset Graphics 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 (annual collection) (illustrated catalogue)
1967 Inoonoot Eskima: Grafik och Skulptur fran Cape Dorset och Povungnituk Konstframjandet Stockholm, Sweden (catalogue)
May - June 1969 Eskimo Sculpture '69 Robertson Galleries Ottawa, Ontario (illustrated catalogue)
1970 Graphic Art by Eskimos of Canada: Second Collection Cultural Affairs Division, Department of External Affairs, Canada Ottawa, Ontario (tour) (illustrated catalogue)
January - February 1971 The Art of the Eskimo Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University Burnaby, British Columbia (catalogue)
September - Oct 1971 Eskimo Carvings and Prints from the Collection of York University Art Gallery of York University Downsview, Ontario (illustrated catalogue)
1977 The Contemporary Eskimo Prints and Sculpture Amon Carter Museum of Western Art Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A. (illustrated catalogue)
Jan 1977 - June 1982 The Inuit Print/L'estampe inuit Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and the National Museum of Man Ottawa, Ontario (tour) (illustrated catalogue)
September - Oct 1977 The Eskimo Woman: her life and dreams in prints and sculpture The Arctic Circle Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
February - March 1978 Canadian Eskimo Art - Prints, Sculpture Carlin Galleries Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.
October - Nov 1978 Eskimo Art Embankment Gallery London, England (illustrated catalogue)
January - August 1979 Mixed Media Eskimo Drawings Inuk 1 San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
May - August 1979 21 X 12 (Eskimo Drawing Exhibition) Inuk 1 Gallery San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
February - March 1983 Return of the Birds Inuit Gallery of Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia (illustrated catalogue)
May - June 1986 The Spirit of the Land The Koffler Gallery Toronto, Ontario (illustrated brochure)
November 1986 Inuit Graphics Through the Year: Rare Prints from the Arctic Arctic Artistry Scarsdale, New York, U.S.A.
May - June 1987 Inuit Graphics from the Past Arctic Artistry Scarsdale, New York, U.S.A.
November 1987 Inuit Traditions in Graphics: 1961-1987 Arctic Artistry Hartsdale, New York, U.S.A.
March - April 1988 Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection of Inuit Art Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec Montreal, Quebec
April 1988 Inuit Images in Transition Augusta Savage Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (illustrated catalogue)
August - October 1989 Inuit Graphic Art from Indian & Northern Affairs Canada Winnipeg Art Gallery Winnipeg, Manitoba
June - September 1990 Inuit Graphics and Drawings from 1959-1990 Arctic Artistry Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.A.
May 1991 Inuit Music in Art: Singing and Dancing and Playing Feheley Fine Arts Toronto, Ontario
March - June 1993 Strange Scenes: Early Cape Dorset Drawings McMichael Canadian Collection Kleinberg, Ontario
March - August 1994 Kunst aus der Arktis Volkerkundmuseum der Universitat Zurich Zurich, Switzerland (illustrated catalogue)
May - June 1994 Cape Dorset Revisited - a collection of previously unreleased prints, exhibited at selected commercial galleries, organized by West Baffin Eskimo Co-op Cape Dorset, Northwest Territories
May 1994 - July 1995 Cape Dorset Revisited McMichael Canadian Art Collection Kleinburg, Ontario (illustrated catalogue)
March - July 1995 Immaginario Inuit Arte e cultura degli esquimesi canadesi Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Verona, Italy (illustrated catalogue)
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A. Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario Art Gallery of York University, Downsview, Ontario Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, Quebec Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.A. University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
ARTS OF THE ESKIMO: PRINTS: /Ed. by Ernst Roch. Texts by Patrick Furneaux and Leo Rosshandler. Montreal: Signum Press in association with Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1974. Blodgett, Jean and Susan Gustavison STRANGE SCENES: EARLY CAPE DORSET DRAWINGS. Kleinburg, Ont.: McMichael Canadian Collection, 1993.
Goetz, Helga THE CONTEMPORARY ESKIMO PRINTS AND SCULPTURE. Fort Worth: Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, 1977.
Gustavison, Susan J. ARCTIC EXPRESSIONS: INUIT ART AND THE CANADIAN ESKIMO ARTS COUNCIL 1961 - 1989. Kleinburg, Ont.: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1994.
Hassler, Gitta KUNST AUS DER ARKTIS: GRAPHIKEN DER INUIT IN KANADA. Zurich: Volkerkundmuseum der Universitat Zurich, 1994.
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver RETURN OF THE BIRDS. Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery, 1983.
National Museum of Man THE INUIT PRINT = L'ESTAMPE INUIT: A Travelling Exhibition... = Une exposition itinerante... Ottawa: National Museum of Man, National Museums of Canada, 1977.
Verona. Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea IMMAGINARIO INUIT: ARTE E CULTURA DEGLI ESQUIMESICANADESI. Commune di Verona: Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Palazzo Forti, 1995. (c) Inuit Art Section, INAC 1995