Kananginak Pootoogook (1935-2010)
Inuit Drawings

Untitled (Unwanted Embrace), 2001
coloured pencil, 20" × 26"
Untitled (Hunter), 1999
coloured pencil, 20" × 26"
Untitled (Soaring), 1992
coloured pencil, 20" x 26"
Untitled (Double Duty), 2001
coloured pencil, 20" x 26"
Untitled (Proud Owl), 1994
coloured pencil, 26" x 20"
Untitled (Building the Igloo), 1997
coloured pencil, 20" x 26"
Untitled (Lookout), 1999
coloured pencil, 20" x 26"
Untitled (Contemplative Robin), 1997
coloured pencil, 24" x 20"
Untitled (Outstretched Wings), 1997
coloured pencil, 20" x 26"
Owl with Opened Wings
Owl with Opened Wings, 2001
coloured pencil, 20" x 26"
Polar Bears
Polar Bears, 2005
coloured pencil, 26" x 20"
Smiling Huntersold
Polar Bear Mother and Cubs, 1998
coloured pencil, 20" x 26"


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)

Note: sold indicates the piece has been sold.

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 open at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario until January 21st, 2018. Afterwards, it will travel to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.

This exhibition was recently on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. (Photo credit: Kim Griffiths)

Rita Letendre

It is with profound sadness that Gallery Gevik announces the passing of our dear friend Rita Letendre, one of Canada’s most renowned, trailblazing artists. She passed away on November 20, 2021 after a long illness. She was 93 years old.