Shuvinai Ashoona was born in 1961 in Cape Dorset, Nunavut to a family of celebrated artists. Her father Kiawak Ashoona was a sculptor, her mother Sorosilooto Ashoona was a graphic-artist, and her grandmother Pitseolak Ashoona was one of the most acclaimed Inuit artists of her generation. Shuvinai Ashoona began drawing in 1995, creating images that reflect her community environment, as well as the unique and personal realm of her imagination. Represented in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Canada, her drawings have been included in several international exhibitions, such as Basel, Switzerland’s City Sky(2008), the Sydney Biennale (2012), and Oh, Canada at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2012). Ashoona is the subject of Marcia Connolly’s documentary art film, Ghost Noise (2010), and her work can be found in the Phaidon publication Vitamin D2, New Perspectives in Drawing (2013). Shuvinai Ashoona is represented by Fehely Fine Arts, Toronto.

Shary Boyle was born in 1972 in Scarborough, Ontario. Since graduating from the Ontario College of Art in 1994, she has worked in ceramics, sculpture, painting, installation and drawing. Boyle alternates a solitary studio practice with collaborative creation and touring of sound/art performance projects. Her work is exhibited, published and collected internationally. Shary Boyle is the recipient of the Gershon Iskowitz Prize (2009) and the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award (2010), and represented Canada with her project Music for Silence at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. In 2015, Boyle was commissioned to create a sculpture in response to the Inuit Art collection at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, and presented a collaborative audio-visual performance Spell To Bring Lost Creatures Home with musician Christine Fellows on a 15-date tour from the western arctic to Newfoundland.


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New Book: Shuvinai Ashoona & Shary Boyle – “Universal Cobra”

New Book: Shuvinai Ashoona & Shary Boyle – “Universal Cobra”

February 4, 2016 | Posted in: Shuvinai Ashoona & Shary Boyle 0
Two amazing artists come together for the very first You've Changed book

We are very happy to announce You’ve Changed’s first book project:  Shuvinai Ashoona & Shary Boyle – Universal Cobra. This beautifully printed full colour 48 page softcover collects individual works on paper from these renowned artists, and a series of spectacular collaborative drawings from the November 2015 exhibition at Pierre-Francois Ouellette art contemporain, Montreal. Universal Cobra is a limited edition of 200 copies, available from our mailorder shop.

In the 2009 exhibition Noise Ghost, held at the University of Toronto’s Justina M Barnicke gallery, curator Nancy Campbell paired the drawings of Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle. It was the first time the artists had encountered each other’s work. In 2011 Boyle traveled to Cape Dorset in Nunavut to meet Ashoona and draw for three weeks alongside the artists of Kinngait studios. During that trip Ashoona and Boyle made their first drawing on the same page: Ashoona titled it Universal Cobra Pussy. Over the next few years, during her rare trips south, Ashoona would visit Boyle in Toronto. Boyle mailed up posters and books of her work, and sent postcards.

In late summer of 2015, Shary Boyle made four drawings in Montreal and left sections of each blank. Simultaneously, Shuvinai Ashoona made three in Cape Dorset, leaving regions of white space. Boyle flew to Baffin Island in late September 2015, and for five days they worked again at the Kinngait studios. Swapping drawings, Ashoona and Boyle completed each other’s images, occasionally going back onto the same page while the other was working.

In November 2015 the artists came together in Montreal to present Universal Cobra, an exhibition of drawings, sculptures and collaborative drawings co-presented by Feheley Fine Arts & Pierre-Francois Ouellette art contemporain.

More details, and a whole lot of amazing art, can be found at:

Please join us for the Universal Cobra book launch at Feheley Fine Arts, 65 George Street, Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, February 6, 3-5 pm.

In addition to Universal Cobra, we are also pleased to make available through the Mailorder Store The Illuminations Project, Shary Boyle and Emily Vey Duke’s 10 year long collaborative writing and drawing exchange published in 2015 by Oakville Galleries.

Top image: Self Portrait, Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle, 2015. Ink, guache, coloured pencil on paper, 107 x 86 cm


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