|Imaup Qimminga (Sea Dog), 2001 (CD01-30)
stonecut, ed. 50, 22" × 22"
Sarni Pootoogook was born in 1922. She was the sister of the well-known Cape Dorset sculptor Pauta Saila. Her husband was the late Pudlat Pootoogook, son of the well-known camp leader and early graphic artist Pootoogook.
Like many Inuit of her generation, Sarni was attracted to the graphic arts during the early years of the printmaking program in Cape Dorset. Her work was represented in the 1964/65 and 1966 annual print collections; she has only recently returned after a long hiatus, no doubt preoccupied in the ensuing years by the distractions and demands of her growing family. Her work was included in the 2000 Spring Collection and the following year, Imaup Qimminga (2001-30) and Isiit (2001-31) were selected for the annual collection. In the 2003 annual colection, Sarni was represented by one print Dancing Spirits (2003-28). This image is typical of her unique and enduring style; whimsical and yet graphically bold, with a strong sense of design and motif.
Sadly, this delightful image was Sarni's last; she passed away early in 2003.
Dorset Fine Arts (reproduced with permission)
Daphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97.
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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 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)