Home > Artist Database > Bio-bibliographic Database > QAYUARYUK, Mary

Artist Database


Amadjuak, NWT (now Nunavut), 1908
Cape Dorset (Kingait), NWT (now Nunavut), 1982
Biography synopsis
Mary Qayuaryuk was an Inuit artist who lived a traditional lifestyle until she and her husband Kopapik ‘A’ settled in Cape Dorset in 1966. Working with the Cape Dorset Print Cooperative, between 1966 and 1982, Qayuaryuk produced 11 prints based on her drawings. Qayuaryuk also played a significant role in her community as the first woman to be elected to the Cape Dorset Community Council; she was also a midwife and healer. Her works can be found in many private and public collections across Canada, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the McMichael Art Gallery, and the National Gallery of Canada.
Media used
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives

Writings about
"Mary Qayuaryuk." Katilvik: Online Inuit Art Community 2012
Blodgett, Jean. In Cape Dorset We Do It This Way: Three Decades of Inuit Printmaking. Kleinburg, Ont.: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1991.
Crandall, Richard C. Inuit Art: A History. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2000.
MacDonald, Colin S. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009.

Search by: