Kananginak Pootoogook
Inuit Prints

Pootoogook Returns
Pootoogook Returns, 2009 (CD09-04)
Kananginak Pootoogook
lithograph, 16.1" × 10.2"
Flutter
Flutter (CD10-08)
Kananginak Pootoogook
etching & aquatint, 56.5 x 59.7 cm
Starboard Wind
Starboard Wind (CD11-04)
Kananginak Pootoogook
lithograph, 20" x 14"
Formidable Foes
Formidable Foes (CD11-07)
Kananginak Pootoogook
etching and aquatint, 26" x 25"

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See also: Inuit drawings by Kananginak Pootoogook

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" was recently 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 exhibition has now travelled to the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan until September 10th. The retrospective will end off at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Toronto. No official dates have been announced as of yet. (Photo credit: Kim Griffiths)

Rita LetendreGallery Gevik congratulates renowned Canadian and International abstract painter, Rita Letendre, on her first major museum retrospective exhibition outside of Québec. Rita Letendre: Fire and Light is now open until September 17, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

This exhibition, which covers Letendre's career from the 1960's to 2000's, is co-curated by Wanda Nanibush and Georgiana Uhlyarik. The retrospective features nearly forty large-scale paintings drawn from major national public and private collections.

Letendre was widely exhibited with the artistic groups, Les Automatistes and Les Plasticiens. She has received the Governor General's Award in Visual Arts, the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, and the Orders of Canada, Ontario and Québec. Click here for more details.