Kananginak Pootoogook


Inuk sculptor and printmaker born in Ikirisaq (Baffin Island, Canada) in 1935, and moved in Cape Dorset (Nunavut, Canada) in 1950 where he lived until his death in Ottawa in 2010. Represented by Gallery Phillip, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Grew up in Ikirisaq camp on south Baffin Island, where his father Pootoogook was the leader, the artist moved to Cape Dorset in 1950s with his wife Shooyoo, participating in the foundation of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in 1959, and serving for several years as president of its Board of Directors, being also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. Kananginak’s works has been showcased in many galleries and public institutions, featuring not only his prints, but also his sculptural works. Dealing mostly with the representation of Arctic wildlife, the artist had a unique ability in drawing species of birds and the material and cultural traditions of the Inuit.

Kananginak Pootoogook
Ikirisaq, 1935 – 2010

Solo Shows


Kananginak Pootoogook. Museum of Inuit Art, Toronto (ON).

Group Shows


Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (ON).

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Ikirisaq Country of birth: Canada Date of birth: 1935 – 2010