Ningiukulu Teevee

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Ningiukulu (Ningeokuluk) Teevee (born May 27, 1963 in Cape Dorset)[1] is a Canadian Inuit writer and visual artist.


Formerly known as Ningeokuluk, as of March 2017 she uses the name, Ningiukulu, to reflect the modern orthography on her government issued identification.[2] Teevee is the daughter of Joanasie (deceased) and Kanajuk Salomonie, and her father-in-law is the graphic artist Jamasie Teevee.[3]

Ningiukulu Teevee is recognized as one of the Kinngait Co-operative's leading artists. Teevee is a self-taught artist, who began her career in the 1990s.[4] She uses ink and coloured pencils as her primary mediums but is adept in a multitude of drawing media, including black fibre-tip pen, coloured pencil, oil sticks, and watercolour.[4] Her subject matter is diverse and creative. She is known for constructing imagery that is built from cognitive memory and knowledge of Inuit folklore, combined with the humorous aspects of contemporary life in Nunavut.[5] The wealth of these Inuit stories depict, in her flattened 2D style (an abstraction of representation, referencing patterns found in nature[6]), relationships between the land and animals that are used for sustenance, and the familial histories that define a wealth of cultural storytelling.[7] As a modern day Inuk, raised in an urban community, the artist explores contemporary themes but also retains an interest in her cultural heritage including the Inuit oral tradition. While her interpretation of the stories heard from Elders are true to the telling, they are nonetheless interpreted through her own imagination and presented from her personal perspective.[4]

In addition to her talent as an artist, she is also an accomplished children's author. Her first children's book, Alego, is an authentic introduction to Inuit tradition and lifestyle, and was a nominee for the 2009 Governor General's Award for children's literature illustration.[8] Alego is an autobiographical tale (written and illustrated by Teevee) about adventure and discovery along the seashore; for the first time, a young girl goes clam-digging with her grandmother.[9]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

Teevee's work has been exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally.[2] In 2006, her first solo art exhibition was held at the Feheley Fine Arts Gallery in Toronto, entitled, "Ningeokuluk Teevee."[3] In 2009 she had her second solo exhibition at Feely Fine Arts Gallery in Toronto, entitled "Drawings by Ningeokuluk Teevee," which included a public presentation of Alego.[3] In 2017, the Winnipeg Art Gallery opened Ningiukulu Teevee: Kinngait Stories at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC.[10] Her artwork is featured in private collections and in the permanent institutional collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada,[4] the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the University of Michigan Museum of Art,[11] and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.[12]

Group exhibitions[edit]

Select group artist exhibitions include The Canada 150 Project, Presented by Roche Bobois, Toronto (2017); Floe Edge: Contemporary Art and Collaborations from Nunavut, Canada House, London, UK (2016); Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection, Kinngait Studios, Cape Dorset (2004 –2016);15 Years: Kinngait 2000 –2015, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto (2015); New Voices from the New North, National Gallery of Canada (2014); Women in Charge: Inuit Contemporary Women Artists, Museo Nazionale Preistorica Etnografica, Rome, Italy (2012); New Art from Cape Dorset, Winnipeg Art Gallery (2011); Uuturautiit: Cape Dorset Celebrates 50 Years of Printmaking, National Gallery of Canada (2009); and Arctic Spirit: 50thAnniversary of Cape Dorset’s Kinngait Studios, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2009).


  1. ^ Dorset Fine Arts
  2. ^ a b Wight, Darlene (2017). NingiukuluTeevee: Kinngait Stories. Winnipeg Art Gallery. p. 25.
  3. ^ a b c Stefania., Tiberini, Elvira (2011). Women in charge : artiste Inuit contemporanee = Inuit contemporary women artists = artistes Iunuit contemporaines. Museo preistorico-etnografico Luigi Pigorini. Milano: Officina libraria. ISBN 9788889854655. OCLC 778841636.
  4. ^ a b c d Jasmine Inglis, Acquisition Proposal for Ningiukulu Teevee’s Raven and Owl, accession #48515, Curatorial File, National Gallery of Canada
  5. ^ "Ningiukulu Teevee". Madrona Gallery. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  6. ^ "WAG to Open Inuit Art Exhibition at Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC | Media Releases | Winnipeg Art Gallery". Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  7. ^ "Beyond the Surface: Drawings by Ningiukulu Teevee". Inuit Gallery of Vancouver Ltd. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  8. ^ Adams, James (17 January 2014). "A new generation of Arctic artists push the boundaries of Northern art". the Globe and Mail. the Globe and Mail. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Alego". House of Anansi Press. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  10. ^ "WAG to Open Inuit Art Exhibition at Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C." Winnipeg Art Gallery. 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Exchange: Cross Migration". Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  12. ^ "Ningiukulu Teevee". Canada house gallery. Retrieved 23 March 2019.