2019 CAPE DORSET SPRING RELEASE
Includes Kananginak Pootoogook
DORSET FINE ARTS is pleased to release from its archives, BIRDS OF BAFFIN, a folio of six never before seen limited edition stonecut prints by KANANGINAK POOTOOGOOK.
Printed at Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset between 1984 -2001 these prints are outstanding examples of Kananginak’s tremendous talent and his admiration for Arctic wildlife.
Kananginak had been involved with drawing and printmaking since the late 1950’s when the West Baffin Eskimo Co-op first initiated the graphic arts program 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. His work has been included in all but three annual collections since that time.
Kananginak was a prominent and involved community leader. He was instrumental in the formation of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative and served for many years as President of its Board of Directors. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy.
In 1978, the World Wildlife Commission released a limited-edition portfolio of works in which four of Kananginak’s images were included. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in both public institutions and commercial galleries.
In 1997, Kananginak was commissioned by the Governor General of Canada, Romeo Leblanc, to construct an Inukshuk in Cape Dorset, which was then deconstructed and shipped to Ottawa. Kananginak and his son, Johnny, were then invited to Ottawa to re-assemble the Inukshuk on the grounds of Rideau Hall as part of a tribute to native people in Canada.
Kananginak lived in Cape Dorset with his wife, Shooyoo and their family until his death in 2010.
24.4 x 28.3 in.
22 x 29.9 in.
19.3 x 24.6 in.
THE FIRST WALK
18.3 x 25 in.
SAILING ON THE BREEZE
23.6 x 23.6 in.
AMAULIQ AT SEA
23.6 x 30.3 in.