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Summer 2017: Partnership with Dorset Fine Arts – Showcasing Work from Canada’s Incredible North

  • Aulajijakka (Things I remember) by Kananginak Pootoogook, 2011, linocut on washi, 7" x 10" paper. Printed by Qavavau Manumie. Image courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts.
  • Luminous Bears by Saimaiyu Akesuk, 2013, lithograph on paper, edition of 50, 19.3" x 27" image, 22.5" x 29.8" paper. Image courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts.

Posted by Pamela Quiroga

Thanks to a special collaboration with Dorset Fine Arts, Open Studio is proud to announce a summer of events highlighting stunning works from Cape Dorset, Nunavut.

Cape Dorset, known as Kinngait in Inuktitut, is a small hamlet located on the southern tip of Baffin Island. It’s the famed capital of Inuit Art and has been named Canada’s most artistic community. Over the last 58 years, this incredible hotbed of talent has grown thanks in part to the collective efforts of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative and its graphic arts program run out of Kinngait Studios. Today, Kinngait Studios is Canada’s longest continually running print studio and is known around the world for its yearly release of exquisite fine art prints. Don’t miss your chance to check out the stunning work below:

Ongoing until July 15, 2017

Saimaiyu Akesuk: Prints 2013-2015, Curated by Dr. Nancy Campbell, Open Studio Gallery
Akesuk is a young Inuk artist whose vibrant work draws in viewers of all ages thanks to her use of grand scale and lively colours. As curator Dr. Nancy Campbell explains:

“Her bold, colourful prints featuring birds and animals recall the archetypal work of her Elders that feature a singular graphic image, such as Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013), Papiara Tukiki (1942-) and Sheojuk Etidlooie (1929-1999) but remain uniquely her own. Her acid colour palette and large scale mark a move from her origins and sit comfortably with both Inuit and contemporary art audiences.”

The energetic patterns of her prints are best seen in person and not to be missed!

To learn more about Saimaiyu Akesuk’s life and work please visit our Exhibition Page.

Pink Lemming by Saimaiyu Akesuk, 2015, stonecut and stencil on washi, edition of 50, 24.75″ x 31″ paper. Printed by Qavavau Manumie. Image courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts.

Ongoing until Fall 2017

Kananginak Pootoogook: Work by Venice Biennale Featured Artist Now Available for Purchase at Open Studio
Kananginak Pootoogook (1935-2010), was a multi-disciplinary artist who created drawings, prints and stone sculptures to much international acclaim. Pootoogook’s artwork evolved over his lifetime and covered a number of themes: traditional Inuit activities, arctic wildlife and later in his career, scenes of contemporary Inuit life. A respected elder in Kinngait, Pootoogook was a major figure in the founding of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative. He went on to serve as its first president and held multiple terms in office. Artistically, he had his first work, a collaboration with his father, featured in the first catalogued release of Cape Dorset prints and was a regular contributor until the end of his life.

This year, posthumously, Pootoogook continued his long history of trailblazing firsts: he became the first Inuk artist ever to be featured in a headlining exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Twenty-seventeen’s exhibition, Viva Arte Viva, features ten of Pootoogook’s works hand-selected by Biennale curator Christine Macel (of Centre Pompidou). This international exhibition is one of the world’s largest and once again brings global attention to Pootoogook’s masterful body of work.

To learn more about Kananginak Pootoogook’s storied career and his inclusion in the 2017 Venice Biennale, Canadian Art offers an excellent overview. Click here for the article.

Conference of Owls by Kananginak Pootoogook, 1982, stone-cut and stencil on washi, edition of 50, 25″ x 34″ paper. Image courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts.

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