1080 Keewatin St,
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6T7

This exhibition of the art of Itee Pootoogook (1951โ€“2014) gathers together more than 60 drawings from the late artistโ€™s body of work and is the first full-scale retrospective of his art. As one of the key members of the third generation of Inuit artists from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Itee contributed to the transformation of the creative traditions inherited from his elders at the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operativeโ€™s Kinngait Studios. The son of artists Ishuhungitok and Paulassie Pootoogook, cousin of Annie Pootoogook and nephew of Kananginak Pootoogook, he began his artistic practice in the 1970s with an experiment in film animation, later adopting drawing as his medium of choice. By the late 1990s, he was actively involved in his newfound career as a graphic artist at Kinngait Studios.

 

Itee Pootoogook (1951 โ€‘ 2014)
Landscape and Ice, 2010
coloured pencil on paper
49.9 x 65.1 cm
Gift of Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron
McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Known as a meticulous draftsperson and an inventive landscapist, Itee looked primarily to contemporary Northern life for his subject matter. Although he produced his compositions from a combination of memory and imagination, Itee also based many of his drawings on photographs, an aspect of his artistic process that further highlights his contemporaneity. Featuring a minimum of incident, these understated images celebrate the mundane moments that make up the everyday but also the flashes of unrivalled natural beauty that are the delight of all who live in the North.

 

Our approach to this exhibition involved close consultation with artists, family, and colleagues of Iteeโ€™s in Kinngait, as well as artists and curators in the South who support his work, generating new insights that deepen our understanding of contemporary art from Canadaโ€™s Arctic region. In several instances, we have included the words of our catalogue contributors in the labels for the exhibition, in order to share that plurality of perspectives.

 

Itee Pootoogook (1951 โ€‘ 2014)
Valley 2011
Coloured pencil and graphite on black paper
50.2 x 65 cm
Gift of Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron
McMichael Canadian Art Collection

This exhibition was prompted by the generous donation to the McMichael of 48 works by Itee from the noted Inuit art collectors Jamie Cameron and Christopher Bredt.

แ‘•แ’ชแ“แ“‡ แ‘•แ‘ฏแ‘ฆแ“ดแ…แ‘Žแ‘ฆแ“ฏแ“‚แ…แ”ชแ–… แ“ดแ“‡แ…แ’แ–แ“แ“‚แ’ƒ แŠแƒแ‘ แณแ‘แ’แ–… (1951โ€“2014)
แ‘ฒแ‘Žแ–…แ“ฑแ–…แ‘•แ…แ“ฏแ’ชแ‘ฆแ“ฑแ‘Žแ’ƒ แ…แ–“แ‘–แ“ƒแ‘ฆแ‘แ‘ฆ 60 แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แƒแ‘ฆ แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แ–…แ‘Žแ…แ“šแ…แ–…แ“ฏแ’ชแ”ซแ‘‰ แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แ–…แ“ฏแ’ชแ”ญแ–แ“แ“‚แ’ƒ แ“ฏแ•—แ“ชแ“•แ–…แธแ…แ‘ฆแ“ฑแ“‚แ“— แ•ฟแ’ฅแ•แ•ˆแ“‚แ–… แŠแ‘•แ–แ–…แ“ฑแ’‹แ‘ฆ แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แ–…แ“ฏแ’ชแ”ญแ–แ‘ฆ. แƒแ“šแ’‹แ”ญแ“ชแ“—แŠแ‘•แ…แ“ชแ“—แ“‚ แฑแ–“แ”ชแ’‹แ”ญแ…แ”ชแ“„แ‘ฆ แ‘ญแ–‘แ•šแ–‘แ”ชแ“„แ‘ฆ แƒแ“„แ“แ“„แ‘ฆ แ“ดแ“‡แ…แ’แ–…แ‘Žแ“„แ‘ฆ แ‘ญแ™ตแ•แ“‚แ’ƒ, แŠแƒแ‘ แƒแ‘ฒแ”ชแ–…แ“ฏแ“ฏแ’ชแ“ชแ“šแ•†แ‘ฆแ‘แ‘ฆ แŠแ“ฏแ”พแ”จแธแ“ชแ“•แŠแ“‚แ–แ“แ“„แ‘ฆ แ“ดแ“‡แ‘แ“‚แ’ƒแ‘ฏแ‘ฆ แฑแ…แ“ฏแ…แ–ƒแ‘ฆแ‘•แ–…แ“ฏแ’ชแ”ชแ–… แฑแ“ฏแ’ชแ”ญแ–แ‘ฆ แƒแ“„แ‘แ–ƒแ•แ’ฅแ“‚แ’ƒ แ‘ญแ™ตแƒแ‘ฆ แ‘ฏแŠแธแ’ƒแ‘ฏแ–แ“แ“‚ แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แ•แ••แ“แ“‚. แƒแ“‚แ•†แ”ญแ…แ“ชแ“—แ“‚ แ“ดแ“‡แ…แ’แ–…แ‘Žแ“„แ‘ฆ แƒแ“ฑแ–ƒแ™ฑแ‘ฆแ‘แ–… แŠแ’ปแ’ชแ“— แธแ…แ“›แ“ฏ แณแ‘แ’แ–…, แŠแ“‚แ‘ฆแ“ดแ•†แ”ญแ…แ“ชแ“—แ“‚ แŠแ“‚ แณแ‘แ’แ•แ’งแ‘ฆ แ–ƒแ–แŠแ•†แ”ญแ…แ“ชแ“—แ“‚แ“— แ‘ฒแ“ˆแ–แ“แ“ˆ แณแ‘แ’แ•แ’งแ‘ฆ, แ“ดแ“‡แ–ƒแ‘ฆแ‘•แธแ“ชแ“•แŠแ“•แ“šแ…แ–…แ“ฏแ’ชแ”ชแ–… 1970โˆ’แ–แ“แ“‚ แ†แ‘ฆแ‘แ•‹แ•ˆแ‘Žแ–ƒแ–…แ“ฑแ“‚ แ‘•แ•แ•†แ”ญแ“•แ…แ•แ“‚แ•แ’ฅแ’ƒ, แ…แ•™แ‘ฆแ“ฏแŠแ•ˆแ•ˆแ•†แŠแ•แ’ชแ‘ฆ แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แ•แ“‚แ•แ’ฅแ’ƒ แ“‚แ•ˆแŠแ•แ“‚แ–…แ“ดแ…แ“•แ–…แ“ฑแ“‚. 1990 แ“„แ™ณแ–…แธแ“ฏแ–แ“แ“‚, แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แ–…แ‘Žแ“ชแ“šแ•†แ…แ“•แ“šแ…แ–…แ“ฏแ’ชแ”ชแ–… แ‘ญแ™ตแƒแ‘ฆ แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แ•แ••แ–แ“แ“‚.

 

Itee Pootoogook (1951 โ€‘ 2014)
Rear of Canoe 2011
coloured pencil and graphite on black paper
50.2 ร— 66 cm
Gift of Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
2018.7.25

แ–ƒแ…แ”จแ’ชแ”ญแ…แ“ชแ“—แ“‚ แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘‘แ”ญแ–…แ‘Žแ’ปแ’ชแ•†แ…แ’‹แŠแ–“ แƒแ“ฑแ’ชแ‘แ“‚แ’ƒแ‘ฏแ“ชแ“— แ“„แ“‡แ’ฅแ’ƒ แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แ–…แ‘Žแ…แ‘ฆแ“ฑแ“‚, แŠแƒแ‘ แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แ•แ“‚แ–…แ“ดแ…แ“ฏแ’ชแ”ชแ–… แ…แ“ชแ“—แ’ฅแ“ฏแ…แ‘•แ…แ“‚แ–…แ“ดแ“‚แ’ƒ แ…แ‘ญแ…แ–…แ‘•แ–…แ‘แ’ฅ. แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แ–ƒแ‘ฆแ‘•แ–…แ“ฏแ’ชแ’แ“—แŠแ–…แ“ฑแ“‚ แŠแ…แ“šแ”จแ”ญแ’ฅแ“‚แ’ƒ แƒแ“ฑแ’ชแ’ƒแ‘ฏแ‘ฆ แ‘•แ…แ‘แ™ณแŠแ–…แ‘•แ’ฅแ“‚แ“ชแ“˜แ“แ“ƒแ‘ฆ, แŠแƒแ‘แ‘ฆแ‘•แ…แ–… แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แ–ƒแ‘ฆแ‘•แ–…แ“ฏแ’ชแ”ชแ–… แŠแ‘แ–…แ“ฑแ“‚ แŠแ”พแ”จแ“‚แ’ƒ
แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แƒแ“—แ’แ•แ“‚แ’ƒแ‘ฏแ‘ฆ แŠแ…แ“šแ“‚แ•†แ“ฏแ’ชแ’ปแ’ฅแ”ญแ–“ แŠแ“šแ’กแ’แƒแ’แ‘•แ…แ’ƒแ‘ฒแ“แ“‚แ–…แ“ฑแ“‚ แ…แ“ชแ“—แ’ฅแ“ฏแ…แ‘Žแ“„แ‘ฆ. แƒแ“—แ“•แ–…แ‘แ”ชแ’ปแ’ชแ•†แŠแ“˜แ’แ‘Žแ’ƒ, แ‘–แ’ƒแ‘ฏแŠ แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แƒแ‘ฆ แ‘•แ‘ฏแ‘ฆแ“ดแ…แ‘Žแ‘ฆแ“ฏแ”ชแ‘ฆ แ–ƒแ–“แ‘แƒแ“แ“‡แ’ƒแ‘ฏแ‘ฆ แŠแ‘‘แ‘Žแ“ฒแ“‚แ’ƒ แ–ƒแ…แ‘•แ’ซแ‘ฆ แ‘ญแ“ฏแŠแ“‚แ‘ฆแ‘•แ…แ–… แ‘•แ‘ฏแ‘ฆแ“ดแ…แ‘Žแ‘ฆแ“ฏแ’ปแ’ฅแ”ช แฑแ…แ”ชแ’ปแ’ชแ•†แŠแ“—แ“แ“‚แ’ƒ แ‘ฒแ”พแ”ฎแ“‡แ•‡แ–…แ‘แ“‚แ’ƒ แ–แ••แŠแ’‹แ”ญแ…แ”ชแ’ปแ’ชแ•†แ“แ“‚แ’ƒ แƒแ“„แ“แ“„แ‘ฆ แ…แ‘ญแ…แ–…แ‘•แ–…แ‘แ’ฅแ…แ“„แ‘ฆ.

 

แŠแ…แ“šแ“‚แ•†แ“ฏแ’ชแ”ญแ•—แ‘ฆ แ‘•แ•แ•™แ“‚ แŠแ…แ“šแ“‚แ•แ’ฅแ’ƒ แฑแ–ƒแ“ฏแ…แ”พแ”จแ‘Žแ“ฏแ’ชแ”ชแ–… แ…แ–ƒแ–ƒแ‘Žแ–ƒแ‘ฆแ“ฏแŠแ•แ“‚แ•แ’ฅแ’ƒ แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แ–…แ‘Žแ“‚แ’ƒ, แ“‡แ’ปแ’ฅแ“‚แ•†แ”ญแ–แ“แ“‚แ’ƒ, แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แ–…แ‘Žแ…แ–ƒแ‘Žแ’‹แ“ฏแ’ชแ”ญแ–แ“แ“‚แ“ชแ“— แŠแƒแ‘แ‘‰ แ‘ญแ™ตแ•แ“‚, แŠแ’ปแ’ชแ“— แ‘Žแ‘Žแ–…แ‘แ’แ–…แ‘แ‘ฆ แ“ดแ“‡แ…แ’แ“•แ•†แ”ฉแ“ชแ“— แ–ƒแ“ชแ“—แ“ˆแ“‚ แƒแ‘ฒแ”ชแ–…แ‘แ–…แ‘แ‘ฆ แ“ดแ“‡แ…แ’แ–แ“แ“‚แ’ƒ, แŠแ…แ“šแ”พแ”ญแ’‹แŠแ•ˆแ‘•แ…แ‘ฆแ“ฑแ“‚ แ“„แ‘–แ“„แ‘ฆ แ‘•แ‘ฏแ“แ“ˆแ•แ“‚แ…แ”ชแ“„แ‘ฆ แƒแ‘Žแ”ชแ’ฅแ’ƒ แ‘แ‘ญแ“ฏแ’ƒแ‘ฒแ“แ“‚แ•ˆแ‘Žแ’‹แ‘ฆแ“ฑแ‘Žแ’ แ…แ“ชแ“—แ’ฅแ“ฏแ…แ‘Žแ“‚แ’ƒ แ“ดแ“‡แ…แ’แ•แ“‚แ’ƒ แ‘ฒแ“‡แ‘•แ…แ‘‰ แ…แ‘ญแ…แ–…แ‘•แ–…แ‘แ–“แ“‚แ’ƒ. แŠแ’ฅแ“ฑแ’แ“šแ“แ“‚, แƒแ“šแ’แ‘ฆแ“ฏแ…แ”พแ”จแ“ฏแ’ชแ”ชแ’แ‘ฆ แ…แ–ƒแ…แ“ฏแ–แ“แ“‚แ’ƒ แƒแ‘ฒแ”ชแ–…แ“ฏแ”จแ’‹แ‘ฆแ“ฏแ’ชแ”ญแ‘ฆแ‘• แ“‡แ“—แ“‡แƒแ’ƒแ‘ฏแ“ฏแ–…แ‘แ–…แ‘•แ…แ‘Žแ“ชแ“—แ’‹แ‘ฆ แ‘•แ‘ฏแ‘ฆแ“ดแ…แ‘Žแ‘ฆแ“ฏแ“‚แ•แ’งแ‘ฆ, แ‘•แ‘ฏแ”ญแ…แ’แ“แ“‡แ–แ“ชแ“—แ’‹แ‘ฆ แŠแ‘•แ…แ“ฏแ…แ–แ‘ฆแ‘แ’งแ‘ฆ แƒแ“ฑแ’ปแ’ชแ“ฏแ…แ”ชแ‘ฆ.

 

Itee Pootoogook (1951 โ€‘ 2014)
Four Women Working on the Polar Bear Skin 2011
coloured pencil and graphite on black paper
56.2 x 76.2 cm
Gift of Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron
McMichael Canadian Art Collection

แ‘–แ“แ“‡ แ‘•แ‘ฏแ‘ฆแ“ดแ…แ‘Žแ‘ฆแ“ฏแ“‚แ–… แฑแ’‹แŠแ–…แ‘Žแ‘•แ…แ“ฏแ’ชแ”ชแ–… แŠแƒแ‘ฆแ‘แƒแ™ณแŠแ‘•แ–…แ“ฏแ“‚แ–แ‘ฆแ‘Žแ’แ‘ฆ แ’ชแ’ƒแ’ชแƒแ‘ฏแ’งแ‘ฆ 48โˆ’แ“‚แ’ƒ แŠแƒแ‘ แ“ดแ“ดแ…แ’แ–แ“แ“‚แ’ƒ แ“‡แ“—แ“‡แƒแ–…แ‘•แ…แ“ฏแ’ชแ”ชแ“‚แ’ƒ แƒแ“„แƒแ‘ฆ แ“ดแ“‡แ…แ’แ–แ“แ“‚แ’ƒ แ“„แŠแ‘ฆแ“ฏแ”จแ“„แ‘ฆ แ”ญแƒแ’ฅ แ‘ณแ’งแ•‹แ“ แŠแ’ปแ’ชแ“— แ‘ฏแ•†แ”…แ‘•แ•— แ•—แ•‹แ‘ฆ.

Exhibition Organizer

 

McMichael Canadian Art Collection Logo

This exhibition was organized and circulated by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and guest curated by Dr. Nancy Campbell.

 

แ‹แ–…แ‘ญแ“ฑแ–…แ‘•แ…แ”ช แ’ชแ’ƒแ’ชแƒแ‘ฏแ’งแ‘ฆ แƒแ“•แ“ฏแ’ชแ”ชแ•แ”ชแŠแ•แ’งแ‘ฆ แ“ˆแ“แ“ฏ แ‘ณแ’ปแ•—แ“ช