This stonecut combines abstraction with Kananginak's always acute observation of birds to produce a dynamic image.
“Kananginak Pootoogook, sculptor, designer, draftsman, printmaker (born in Ikerrasak camp, south Baffin Island, NWT, 1935). Son of the great camp leader, Pootoogook, he came to Cape Dorset in 1958, when James Houston brought printmaking to the North. He became one of the four original printers. Kananginak works in all media, including silk-screen printing of textiles. However, he excels as an engraver and lithographer, particularly of wildlife art, which he has mastered completely while retaining a personal style with definite abstract qualities. His sister, Napatchie and brother, Paulassie, are also good artists.” *
*George Swinton, “The Canadian Encyclopedia”, (Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers Ltd., 1985) Page 932.
Kananginak Pootoogook | Summer Owl | | Alaska on Madison
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Kananginak Pootoogook, Windswept muskox
8 x 11 x 3 1/2 in.
Kananginak Pootoogook's muskoxen are legendary. He is to muskoxen what Pauta Saila is to dancing bears. Kananginak's muskox is compact, huddled against the wind, and displaying his magnificent coat. The motion in the coat makes you forget that this is carved from stone. Kananginak was not only a master carver, but also a mainstay of the Cape Dorset print workshop for decades, creating meticulously detailed portrayals of the birds and animals of Baffin Island, but also venturing into satire at times.
Kananginak Pootoogook | Windswept muskox | | Alaska on Madison
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