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Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
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MONTHLY ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
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KANANGINAK POOTOOGOOK RCA (1935-2010)

Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada

Kananaginak Pootoogook, master graphic artist and sculptor, began exhibiting in 1963 and through his career continued to exhibit all over the world. He was a stalwart of the Cape Dorset print shop and contributed to every Cape Dorset print collection from 1959 to 2011. His sculptures and graphics are housed in many museums and institutions throughout Canada and USA, including the Metropolitan Museum of New York, and documented in so many catalogues and books. He was often referred to as "The Audubon of the North" for his portrayals in stone and on paper of Arctic wildlife, including sculptures of windswept muskoxen.

 
Running Muskox
 
Serpentine
9.5 x 21 x 9.5 inches

Price: $14,000.00

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"Kananginak has been involved with drawing and printmaking since the late 1950s when the graphic arts program first began at Cape Dorset. Kananginak’s first print, a collaborative image with his father, Pootoogook, was included in the first catalogued collection of Cape Dorset prints in 1959. Since that time, Kananginak’s work has been included in almost every annual collection, and has been interpreted in many different print media — copper engraving, stonecut, stencil, lithography and etching. Kananginak was an accomplished stonecut printmaker himself — in the early years he often proofed and editioned his own work.

Kananginak and his siblings grew up in different camp areas on south Baffin Island. Their main camp was Ikirisaq where their father, Pootoogook, was the camp leader. Kananginak married Shooyoo from Cape Dorset in the mid-1950s. They lived at Ikirisaq until 1958 when they moved to Cape Dorset because of Pootoogook’s failing health.

Kananginak has been a prominent community leader. He was instrumental in the formation of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in 1959, and served for several years as president of its Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.

In 1978, four of Kananginak’s images were included in a limited edition portfolio released by the World Wildlife Commission. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, in both public institutions and commercial galleries. He is also a notable sculptor.

In 1997, Kananginak was commissioned by the Governor General of Canada, Romeo Leblanc, to construct an inuksuq in Cape Dorset, which was then dismantled and shipped to Ottawa. Kananginak and his son Johnny were then invited to Ottawa to re-assemble the inuksuq on the grounds of Rideau Hall as part of a tribute to Native people in Canada.

From the beginning, Kananginak has represented Arctic wildlife in his work, often monumental in scale. He is especially capable at drawing the many species of birds that frequent the Arctic. He has also done many memorable images illustrating the material culture of the Inuit, and narrative drawings of camp and hunting scenes". Courtesy of Cape Dorset Print Collection, 2008

 
Three Sisters
"Souls of the Seeds”

by Joe Greene

Steatite
16.75 x 9.5 x 4.5 inches

Price: $4,500.00

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Young Bear Fishing

by Eric Silver

Steatite
11.75 x 10 x 7.5 inches

Price: $4,750.00

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The Guardian -
Long-Eared Owl

by Cyril Henry

Steatite
8 x 6 x 7 inches

Price: $1,875.00

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Owlet

by Cyril Henry

Steatite
6 x 6 x 4 inches

Price: $785.00

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December 2018 - NEW COLLECTIONS

11 New Silas Qayaqjuaq scuptures

 
Drumdancer


Serpentine, Marble Base
3 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches

Price: $275.00

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Sitting Mother and Child

Serpentine
3 x 3 x 2 inches

Price: $375.00

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Carver Making Sculpture


Antler
2.25 x 1.25 x1 inches

Price: $300.00

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Spiritual Man



Antler, Steatite base
2.75 x 1.25 x 1 inches

Price: $300.00

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10 New Kerry Kapua Thompson Pendants

 
Path of Life Pendant

Two Tone Cattle Bone
2.25 x 1.5 inches

Price: $650.00

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Path of Life Pendant

Deer Antler
2.5 x 2 inches

Price: $650.00

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Path of Life Pendant


Two Tone Cattle Bone
3 x 1.25 inches

Price: $450.00

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(Triangular) Path of Life Pendant

Two Tone Cattle Bone
1.75 x 1.25 inches

Price: $450.00

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Flight of the Shaman (1996)

by Peter Kapakatoak

Steatite
11.75 x 11 x 6.5 inches

Price: $4,750.00

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Sedna (1994)

by Peter Sevoga

Basalt
11 x 13 x 5 inches

Price: $2,500.00

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Moon Masquette (2004)
Frontlet

by Norman Tait

Alder
6 x 5.5 x 3.5 inches

Price: $5,500.00

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Orca Pendant

by Lyle Wilson

Silver
2 inches diameter

Price: $800.00

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Heron and Moon Pendant

by Lyle Wilson

Silver
2 x 1.5 inches

Price: $700.00

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