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Itee Pootoogook

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Itee Pootoogook
Snow on the Upper Area Melted, 2007
coloured pencil & graphite on paper, 15 x 22.5 in. (paper)


 

Artist Biography            DOWNLOAD PDF
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A resident of Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Itee Pootoogook belongs to a new generation of Inuit artists who are transforming and reshaping the creative traditions that were successfully pioneered by their parents and grandparents in the second half of the 20th century. Born in 1951 in Kimmirut (formerly Lake Harbour) on southern Baffin Island, he moved to Cape Dorset when he was still a child. The son of artists Ishuhungitok and Paulassie Pootoogook, Itee made his first drawings in the mid-1980s, receiving encouragement from the managers of the community’s renowned printmaking studio. This early period of exploration with the drawing medium was interrupted following a temporary move to Pond Inlet in the late 1980s. Pootoogook resumed his interest in drawing when he returned to Dorset in the late 1990s, and in the spring of 2008 one of his images was included in a special print folio devoted to the community’s rising new generation of artists.
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A meticulous draughtsman, Pootoogook looks primarily to contemporary northern life for his subject matter. He is especially interested in modern local architectural forms, producing works in graphite and coloured pencil that depict various contemporary buildings in Cape Dorset. Pootoogook’s portraits of acquaintances and family members similarly bear witness to the North of today. Whether they are captured at work or rest, Pootoogook’s subjects are shown engaged in a range of modern activities including stone carving and watching television indoors. Featuring a minimum of incident, these understated images celebrate the mundane moments that make up the everyday. Pootoogook is also an inventive landscapist. Many of his finest Arctic landscapes make use of extended formats, giving emphasis to the open horizon that separates land from sky. Although some compositions are produced from a combination of memory and imagination, Pootoogook bases many of his drawings on photographs, an aspect of his artistic process that further highlights his contemporaneity.

 

Selected Press
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GEORGIA STRAIGHT

THE VANCOUVER SUN


Gallery Exhibitions

ON VIEW: LOOKING AT LOOKING WITH ITEE POOTOOGOOK
April 28 - June 9, 2012
 
ITEE POOTOOGOOK
March 12 - April 10, 2011
 
NINE WORKS BY SEVEN ARTISTS
July 3 - August 3, 2008


Selected Other Exhibitions
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Itee Pootoogook - Sky at Night, Contemporary Art Gallery/Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, Vancouver BC, June 28 - September 22, 2013

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Itee Pootoogook - Buildings and Land, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, June 28 - August 25, 2013

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Slow Sight: Itee Pootoogook and Tim Zuck, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie ON, June 9 - September 12, 2012

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Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto ON, April 2 - August 21, 2011

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Nunannguaq: In the Likeness of the Earth, McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinberg ON, October 10, 2009 - January 17, 2010


Public Collections
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Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, ON)
National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON)


Publications
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ITEE POOTOOGOOK


Selected References
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“Itee Pootoogook: A Comfort Level in the Medium,” Inuit Art Quarterly, Vol. 25, no. 3, Fall 2010
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Robert Enright, “Drawing in the Cold,” Border Crossings, issue no. 115


Gallery Information
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MARION SCOTT GALLERY
2423 GRANVILLE STREET
VANCOUVER, BC CANADA V6H 3G5
TEL: 604.685.1934
FAX: 604.685.1890
ART@MARIONSCOTTGALLERY.COM

 
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