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Umingmuk, 1973

Kananginak Pootoogook
Canadian (Inuit), 1935 - 2010
colour stonecut on laid japan paper
Printed by Timothy Ottochie
63.7 x 86 cm
Gift of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 1989
National Gallery of Canada (no. 36497)
© West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative Ltd.

Writing in Inuit Art Quarterly, in 2010, curator and author Ingo Hessel describes the artist’s work: Kananginak’s love of animals and his skill in portraying them is well known. His ability to not only depict the minute naturalistic details of his animal subjects – particularly birds – but also to capture their movements and elegance, earned him the nickname “Audubon of the North.” Perhaps it is Kananginak’s perception of animal intelligence (more than simple instinct) that makes his wildlife portrayals so special.

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