An accomplished printmaker, Kananginak Pootoogook produced drawings and prints for the graphic arts program since the late 1950’s; his work was included in almost every annual collection since that time until his passing in 2009.

A prominent community leader, Kananginak was instrumental in the formation of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative graphic arts program at Cape Dorset, and served for many years as President of its Board of Directors. His first print, a collaborative image with his father, Pootoogook, was included in the first catalogued collection of Cape Dorset prints in 1959. Kananginak was highly skilled at representing Arctic wildlife in his work. He was especially capable of drawing the many species of birds that frequent the Arctic. In later years he focused more on the culture of the Inuit, producing realistic, narrative drawings of camp and hunting scenes. In 2010, Kananginak was given the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for his work in the Visual Arts.

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2010 Kananginak Pootoogook Drawings
Feheley Fine Arts – Toronto, ON

2010 Kananginak Pootoogook
Museum of Inuit Art – Toronto, ON

2008 Kananginak Pootoogook of Cape Dorset Prints and Sculpture
Gallery Indigena – Stratford, ON

2008 Exhibition of Original Drawings by Kananginak Pootoogook
The Guild Shop – Toronto, ON

2008 Kananginak: Dessins/Drawings
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec – Montreal, QC

2008 Kananginak: Engravings
Robertson Galleries – Ottawa, ON

1993 Drawings by Kananginak Pootoogook
Albers Gallery – San Francicso, CA

2009 Uuturautiit: Cape Dorset Celebrates 50 Years of Printmaking
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, ON

2008 Unique Visions
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

2004 Sanaasimasiatok
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

1995 Sedna: Spirit of the Sea
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

1995 Immaginario Inuit: Arte e Cultura degli Esquimesi Canadesi
Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Verona, Italy

1990 Arctic Mirror
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Hull, QC

1990 Art Inuit
Galeria Saint Merri
Paris, France

1989 Cold Stones, Warm Hearts: Inuit Art from the Northwest Territories
University of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia

1984-1985 The Last and First Eskimos
Museum of Science and History
Fort Worth, TX

1981 The Year of the Bear
The Arctic Circle
Los Angeles, CA

1978 Eskimo Art
Embankment Gallery
London, England

1978 Polar Bear Vision: Canadian Eskimo Graphics
Jerusalem Artists’ House Museum
Jerusalem, Israel

1977 The Contemporary Eskimo Prints and Sculpture
Amone Carter Museum of Western Art
Fort Worth, TX

1975 Cape Dorset – Selected Sculpture from the Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, MB

1967 Inoonoot Eskima: Grfik och skulptur fran Cape Dorset och Povungnituk
Konstgramjandet
Stockholm, Sweden

2010 Awarded a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the Visual Arts.
1980 Elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts
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Hessel, Ingo. Arctic Spirit: Inuit Art from the Albrecht Collection at the Heard Museum. Pheonix: Heard Museum, 2006.

Houston, Alma. Inuit Art: An Anthology. Winnipeg: Watson & Dwyer Publishing, 1988.

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