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Pootoogook, Kananginak

Pootoogook, Kananginak

Kananginak has been involved with drawing and printmaking since the late 1950s 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-1950s. 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 Co-operative 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.

AN INTIMATE MEMORY by Kananginak Pootoogook

AN INTIMATE MEMORY by Kananginak Pootoogook

$600.00
ANGRY SEAGULL by Kananginak Pootoogook

ANGRY SEAGULL by Kananginak Pootoogook

$300.00
Arctic seals by Kananginak Pootogook

Arctic seals by Kananginak Pootogook

$1,000.00
ARVIALUK (GREAT BIG WHALE) by Kananginak Pootoogook

ARVIALUK (GREAT BIG WHALE) by Kananginak Pootoogook

$1,000.00
AT THE WINDBREAK by Kananginak Pootoogook

AT THE WINDBREAK by Kananginak Pootoogook

$250.00
AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

$600.00
AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

$350.00
AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

$350.00
AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

$300.00
AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

$350.00
AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

$350.00
Aulajijakka (Things I Remember) by Kananginak Pootoogook

AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

$300.00
AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

$350.00
AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

$275.00
AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

$300.00
AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

$350.00
Aulajijakka (Things I Remember) by Kananginak Pootoogook

AULAJIJAKKA (THINGS I REMEMBER) by Kananginak Pootoogook

$250.00
BUILDING A KAYAKKOVIK by Kananginak Pootoogook

BUILDING A KAYAKKOVIK by Kananginak Pootoogook

$200.00
BUILDING THE SNOWHOUSE by Kananginak Pootoogook

BUILDING THE SNOWHOUSE by Kananginak Pootoogook

$400.00
COASTAL BIRDS by Kananginak Pootoogook

COASTAL BIRDS by Kananginak Pootoogook

$500.00
CONFERENCE OF OWLS by Kananginak Pootoogook

CONFERENCE OF OWLS by Kananginak Pootoogook

$1,200.00
DRUM SONG by Kananginak Pootoogook

DRUM SONG by Kananginak Pootoogook

$500.00
ESCORTING THE YOUNG by Kananginak Pootoogook

ESCORTING THE YOUNG by Kananginak Pootoogook

$500.00
EXHAUSTED DRUMMER by Kananginak Pootoogook

EXHAUSTED DRUMMER by Kananginak Pootoogook

$400.00
FLUTTER by Kananginak Pootoogook

FLUTTER by Kananginak Pootoogook

$600.00
Formidable foes by Kananginak Pootogook

FORMIDABLE FOES by Kananginak Pootogook

$700.00
HIDDEN HUNTERS by Kananginak Pootoogook

HIDDEN HUNTERS by Kananginak Pootoogook

$300.00
HUNTER AT AGLU by Kananginak Pootoogook

HUNTER AT AGLU by Kananginak Pootoogook

$175.00
INNUK AGUNASUTTIK by Kananginak Pootoogook

INNUK AGUNASUTTIK by Kananginak Pootoogook

$400.00
MASKED DRUMMER by Kananginak Pootoogook

MASKED DRUMMER by Kananginak Pootoogook

$250.00
MIDNIGHT SUN by Kananginak Pootoogook

MIDNIGHT SUN by Kananginak Pootoogook

$700.00
SEALSKIN USED FOR MITTS by Kananginak Pootoogook

SEALSKIN USED FOR MITTS by Kananginak Pootoogook

$350.00
STRETCHED SEALSKIN ON SNOWBLOCK by Kananginak Pootoogook

STRETCHED SEALSKIN ON SNOWBLOCK by Kananginak Pootoogook

$400.00
THE BAPTISM by Kananginak Pootoogook

THE BAPTISM by Kananginak Pootoogook

$400.00