Annie Pootoogook, who comes from a long line of artists in Cape Dorset, began drawing in 1997. Within a decade Pootoogook became the catalyst for an explosion of creativity found in the drawings from Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset.

Pootoogook’s drawings immediately challenged conventional expectations of ‘Inuit’ graphic art. An instinctive chronicler of her generation, Pootoogook created drawings that are peppered with images of daily life: ATM cash machines and current events on television, Playboy-style eroticism, alcoholism and spousal abuse. Her immediate success drew the attention of art collectors at the same time as it signaled to her graphic artist colleagues in the North that there were no limits on subject matter and scale.

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