Artist of the moment….Annie Pootoogook

Annie Pootoogook also comes from a long line of artists, her grandmother was Pitseolak Ashoona, one of the first prolific Inuit artists who specialized in drawing. Annie Pootoogook was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1969. She enjoys drawing her surroundings and daily life. Her mother was also a prolific artist named Napachie. Its great to look back and compare the work of Annie to her mother and grandmother.

Price range information: Works range from $500 to $2000 for prints. She works in small sizes of 50 for most prints.

The artist won a $50,000 prize given to a promising up and coming Canadian artist in 2006. This award is called the Sobey Arts Award.

In this clip a short interview with the artist at a time when was pregnant and homeless. At the end she shows a recent drawing:

Her grand mother Pitseolak Ashoona made more than 7,000 drawings over her lifetime. She was born in 1904 and below some examples of her style. Pitseolak Ashoona illustrated some children’s books.

Her mother was the artist Napachie, was born in 1938 and lived in the Cape Dorset area  a majority of her life. Below an example of her style.

I love artistic families and this one is no exception. With three generations of celebrated artists I am reminded of the Wiggins family and the family of Antoine Blanchard who both produced artists that depicted their surroundings of New York City and Paris, France.

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