Kananginak Pootoogook
Inuit Drawings

Making the Kayak
Making the Kayak, 1991
coloured pencil, 20" × 26"
Ice Fishing
Ice Fishing, 1991
coloured pencil, 20" × 26"
Man and Woman Stretching            Sealskin
Man and Woman Stretching Sealskin, 1997
coloured pencil, 50.7cm × 66cm
Bird Study
Bird Study, 1998
coloured pencil, 50.8cm × 66.1cm
Bird with Outstretched Wingssold
Bird with Outstretched Wings, 2000
coloured pencil, 51cm×66.1cm
Many Owls
Many Owls, 2008
coloured pencil, 56cm x 60.7cm
Caribou, 2003
coloured pencil, 66cm × 50.2cm
Three Generations
Three Generations, 1998
coloured pencil, 50.8cm x 66.2cm
Music Playerssold
Music Players, 1996
coloured pencil, 50.8cm x 65.9cm
Owls, 2002
coloured pencil, 66.3cm × 50.7cm
Owls and Fire
Owls and Fire, 2002
coloured pencil, 66cm × 51cm
Owl with Opened Wings
Owl with Opened Wings, 2001
coloured pencil, 50.5cm × 66cm
Polar Bear and Inukshuk
Polar Bear and Inukshuks, 1998
coloured pencil, 50.9cm × 66.4cm
Inuit Womansold
Inuit Woman, 2004
coloured pencil, 66.3cm × 51cm
Seagulls, 2002
coloured pencil, 66cm × 50.8cm
Polar Bears
Polar Bears, 2005
coloured pencil, 66cm × 47.5cm
Smiling Huntersold
Smiling Hunter, 1994
coloured pencil, 51cm × 66cm
Smiling Hunter
Polar Bear Mother and Cubs, 1998
coloured pencil, 51cm × 66cm



See also: Kananginak Pootoogook, Cape Dorset Limited Edition Prints

Kananginak Pootoogook – Artist Biography

Kananginak Pootoogook, R.C.A., (b: 1935, Ikerrasak camp, near Cape Dorset; d: November 23, 2010, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) was an Inuit sculptor and printmaker who lived in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada. Elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, 1980.

Kananginak has been involved with drawing and printmaking since the late 1950's when the graphic arts program first began at Cape Dorset. Kananginak's first print, a collaborative image with his father, Pootoogook, was included in the first catalogued collection of Cape Dorset prints in 1959. Since that time, Kananginak's work has been included in almost every annual collection, and has been interpreted in many different print media – copper engraving, stonecut, stencil, lithography and etching. Kananginak was an accomplished stonecut printmaker himself – in the early years he often proofed and editioned his own work.

Kananginak and his siblings grew up in different camp areas on south Baffin Island. Their main camp was Ikirisaq where their father, Pootoogook, was the camp leader. Kananginak married Shooyoo from Cape Dorset in the mid-1950's. They lived at Ikirisaq until 1958 when they moved to Cape Dorset because of Pootoogook's failing health.

Kananginak has been a prominent community leader. He was instrumental in the formation of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in 1959, and served for several years as president of its Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.

In 1978, four of Kananginak's images were included in a limited edition portfolio released by the World Wildlife Commission. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, in both public institutions and commercial galleries. He is also a notable sculptor.

In 1997, Kananginak was commissioned by the Governor General of Canada, Romeo Leblanc, to construct an inuksuq in Cape Dorset, which was then dismantled and shipped to Ottawa. Kananginak and his son Johnny were then invited to Ottawa to re-assemble the inuksuq on the grounds of Rideau Hall as part of a tribute to Native people in Canada.

From the beginning, Kananginak has represented Arctic wildlife in his work, often monumental in scale. He is especially capable at drawing the many species of birds that frequent the Arctic. He has also done many memorable images illustrating the material culture of the Inuit, and narrative drawings of camp and hunting scenes.

Kananginak received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the Arts this year, in recognition of his long and illustrious career. He has also been a constant presence in the drawing studio, working on large and small scale drawings of Arctic wildlife, landscape and personal reflections. He is represented in the 2010 print collection with nine images – familiar and reassuring in their style and simplicity.

Dorset Fine Arts (reproduced with permission)

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.