Napachie Pootoogook
Inuit Prints

Running Gull
Running Gull, 1970
Napachie Pootoogook
stonecut, ed. 14/40, 20" × 30"
Women's Emblem
Namonai's Vision, 1996
Napachie Pootoogook
lithograph, ed. 1/50
Women's Emblem
Women's Emblem, 1998
Napachie Pootoogook
etching & aquatint, ed. 50, 23" × 23"
Interior View
Interior View, 2000 (CD00-21)
Napachie Pootoogook
lithograph & chine collé, ed. 25, 25½" × 38"
Myth of the Tuniit
Myth of the Tuniit, 2000 (CD00-22)
Napachie Pootoogook
lithograph & chine collé, ed. 50, 20" × 17"
Katajjaqtut (Throat Singing)
Katajjaqtut (Throat Singing), Spring Collection 2000 (CD00-S15)
Napachie Pootoogook
lithograph, ed. 50, 14½" × 20"


Napachie Pootoogook – Artist Biography

Napachie Pootoogook was born in 1938 at Sako, a small camp on south Baffin Island. She died in December, 2002, of cancer. Napachie was the only daughter of the late Pitseolak Ashoona.

Napachie began to draw in the late 1950's while living at Keakto, a camp near Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada. Several people living at the camp, including Napachie's mother and Kenojuak Ashevak had already begun to draw, encouraged by James Houston. Napachies' early drawing exhibited a free and uninhibited style, still very evident in her contemporary works. She incorporates many aspects of Inuit culture in her work, usually retrieved from her own personal experience.

For all but a few years in the early 1970's, Napachie has drawn consistently. In the mid-1970's she experimented with mixed media works using coloured pencil and black felt pen in conjunction with acrylic paints. In 1979 and 1980, solo exhibitions of these works were held at Gallery One, Toronto. More recently, her work was included in the Canadian Museum of Civilization's 1994 exhibition entitled Isumavut: The Artistic Expression of Nine Cape Dorset Women.

Napachies' work in recent years has focused on local history and stories about people and events in the Cape Dorset area, often with accompanying text to explain the circumstances. She thought of herself in her maturing years as an historian and chronicler of local oral history, and she has amassed a unique and important body of work. A selection of these contemporary drawings, along with a retrospective of her earlier work was exhibited and catalogued by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in their 1999 exhibition Three Women, Three Generations. This exhibition also featured the work of her mother, Pitseolak Ashoona, and her niece, Suvinai Ashoona. A solo exhibition of her later autobiographical works opened in May, 2004 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

The 2003 Annual Graphics Collection was dedicated to Napachie Pootoogook, in recognition of her many memorable images and life's work.

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.