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Malaija Pootoogook

Malaija Pootoogook

What do you think of first when you hear the word "arctic"? Polar Bears. Walrus. Narwhals. Caribou. All of the BIG names in the frozen north, right?

Allow us introduce you to Arctic birds. Migratory by nature, only 3 over-winter in the harsh environment on the tundra: Snowy owls, ravens & ptarmigans. Buntings. Loons. Sandpipers. Geese. And terns: these are just a few of the 100+ species of avian beings that live part- time in the Arctic. Typically considered a vast wasteland of ice, snow & permafrost, birds are vital to the ecology of the tundra. Pollinators, waders, hunters, & seed-carriers, birds also provide for the Inuit with eggs, meat and feathers and bones that are fashioned into tools.

Represented here in stone, textiles and on paper, we pay homage to these vital instruments of Arctic ecology.

"It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds." - Aesop

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More work available from the artist
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etching, aquatint
15" x 17.8"
$ 450

etching, aquatint
26.4" x 24.6"
$ 700


Malaija Pootoogook

“I enjoy drawing the different kinds of birds. I like to watch them fly; the look so peaceful and free.”

Born in 1971 in Iqaluit, Malaija has been surrounded by the many artists in her family. Her father Paulassie, was highly regarded as a sculptor and her brother, Mosesee, is a stone carver and another brother Itee Pootoogook (deceased) is well known for his contemporary drawings. Inspired by the work of her great-grandmother, the late Pitseolak Ashoona, Malaija completed her first drawing in 1994 and continues to function primarily as a graphic artist.

She was represented in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection for the first time in 2011, with two affecting images of the Arctic owl. Whimsical in approach, with an often vibrant colour palette, her expressive depictions of birds and wildlife of the North are a continuing theme in her work.

2016 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2015 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2014 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2013 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2012 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2011 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
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