Kudluajuk passed way too soon, with many more wonderful works of art still waiting to be born. Inspired by her daughter, her art career began only a few years before she died. During that time she created many beautifully drawn images of people in her life. Snapshots from the lives of those around her and in her community. Her drawings were carefully and lovingly crafted to show the innate beauty of her people and their contemporary every day way of life. Her beautiful drawings and prints, and the memories they evoke, are now a lasting testament to her talent and the life she lived.
Kudluajuk Ashoona was born in Cape Dorset on December 2, 1958. Her biological parents were the well-known carvers, Kabubuwa and Tayara Tunnillie. She was adopted by the family of notable graphic artist, Simeonie Quppapik.
Kudluajuk did not seriously begin to make art until 2011. In a rare reversal of influence, she was inspired to draw by her daughter, Nicotye Samayualie. Kudluajuk’s works are narrative and often depict scenes of contemporary family life. Family outings, domestic gatherings and leisure activities are some of her favorite subjects.
(Information provided by Dorset Fine Arts.)