Couzyn van Heuvelen
1987 – Present
Couzyn van Heuvelen (b. 1987) is a Canadian Inuk sculptor and installation artist. Born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and now based in Southern Ontario, van Heuvelen’s artistic practice explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives. While rooted in the history and traditions of Inuit art, the work strays from established Inuit art making methods and explores a range of fabrication processes, as his work fuse Inuit art history and traditions with contemporary materials and technologies.
Van Heuvelen received his BFA from York University in Toronto, ON, and his MFA from NSCADU in Halifax, NS. His work has been included in several group exhibitions across Canada. In September 2017 van Heuvelen created a public art installation at the Southway Inn in Ottawa, ON, as part of the Lost Stories Project. Van Heuvelen has received many major scholarships and awards. Chosen as the Sheridan College Temporary Contemporary Artist in Residence, van Heuvelen’s Nitsiit (2017) was featured in the Creativity Commons of Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga. In April, he was longlisted for the 2018 Sobey Art Award.