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Artist of the moment……Kananginak Pootoogook

Kananginak Pootoogook was another Inuit master of all mediums born in 1935 in the Cape Dorset, Nunavet Territory, Canada.

Included in the first annual Cape Dorset print collection in 1959. Pootoogook was an artist’s artist working in such mediums as sculpture, etchings, drawings, copper engraving, stencils, stonecuts, and lithography. He was a founding member of the art West Baffin Art Collective.

A favorite subject matter was birds and various wildlife.   I enjoy his designs and use of the color. I love his use of reflection with his images. Many times shapes repeat themselves. For instance a mother bear surrounded with four cubs. What a great use of perspective in his works.

Kananginak Pootoogook passed away in 2010 at the age of 75 years old.

price range information: Works range from $500 to $30,000.

His father was Pootoogook, also an Inuit artist and leader of the camp where he raised his family.

Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

In this clip we visit a sculpture of a musk ox at auction from Waddington’s Auction House of Canada.


Artists of the moment…..Pitaloosie and Pauta Saila….Mikisiti Saila

Pitaloosie Salia is wonderful Inuit printmaker known for her works with the figure and also birds. Pitaloosie Saila was born in the Cape Dorset , Nunavet Territory, of Canada in the year 1942.

She is one of few people her age who speak both English and the Inuit language, also known as Inukitut.

Saila has been included in print collections since 1968.  In the 2012 calendar she had two prints.

The artist helped to design a postage stamp! In 1977 the Canadian government made her Print Fisherman’s Dream into a postage stamp.

Amnesty International used a work titled Mother and Child for a 1990 card.

Price range information: Pitaloosie Saila worked mainly as a printmaker with prices ranging from $500 to $9,000 for a sculpture.

She was married to a well known sculptor named Pauta. Pauta passed away in 2009.

Both Pitaloosie Saila and her husband were elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.

Puata Saila  was born in the area now known as Cape Dorset in the year 1916. Saila began to carve as a teen. Pitaloosie was Pauta’s second wife. The major subject in his works as you can probably tell was bears, in particular dancing bears. Elected to the Royal Academy of the Arts in 2003. Pauta Saila passed away in 2009 at 93 years of age.

In this clip we view one of Pauta’s signature dancing bears.

and another one of Pauta’s bears.

Price range information: Pauta Saila worked mainly as a sculptor and prices range $2,500 to $50,000.

One son of Pauta Saila was a renown sculptor named Mikisiti Saila. Born in 1939 he passed away in 2008. He enjoyed working with wildlife and birds. Below some works by Mikitsiti Saila.