Photo: Kananginak Pootoogook
Credit: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton


drawing, printmaking

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.

Ikirasaq, NU
01 January 1935

Date of Death:

Artists may have multiple dates of death listed as a result of when and where they passed away. Similar to date of birth, an artist may have passed away outside of a community centre or in another community resulting in different dates being recorded.


The Igloo Tag Trademark
The Igloo Tag Trademark is an internationally recognized symbol that denotes handmade, original artwork made by Inuit artists in Canada. Established in 1958, the Trademark is now managed by the Inuit Art Foundation. The appearance of the Igloo Tag on an artist profile means they have had the Trademark applied to their artwork.



Kananginak Pootoogook, RCA was born in 1935 at Ikirasaq, a small hunting camp on southern Baffin Island. Son of the well-respected camp leader Josephie Pootoogook, Kananginak grew up in a traditional Inuit family and was raised to be a hunter and trapper. Inuit values, beliefs and ways of life hence become important themes in his art. In the late 1950s he settled in Kinngait (Cape Dorset) and quickly became known for his drawings and prints through the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative (WEBC) print program.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Viva Arte Viva: 57th Venice Biennale Fall 2017 Carla Taunton
Inuit Art at the 57th Venice Biennale February 8, 2017 Inuit Art Quarterly
Dorset Seen 2017 Leslie Boyd and Sandra Dyck


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
57th Venice Biennale: Viva Arte Viva May - Nov 2017 Arsenale and Central Pavilion, Giardini
Dorset Seen Apr - June 2013 Carleton University Art Gallery
Summer Show Aug - Sept 2012 Marion Scott Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2011
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2010
Indspire Award (formerly National Aboriginal Achievement Award) 2010 Indspire

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Amon Carter Museum of American Art Fort Worth, TX, United States
Anchorage Museum Anchorage, AK, United States

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September 12, 2017 Created by: Morgane Lecocq-Lemieux Updated by: Inuit Art Foundation