Annie Pootoogook

Annie Pootoogook, A Fight, 2003. Image courtesy The Gas Company Inc.

Annie Pootoogook, A Fight, 2003. Image courtesy The Gas Company Inc.

Annie Pootoogook (b. 1969, Kinngait, Nunavut, Canada, d. 2016) comes from a long line of artists in Cape Dorset (known today as Kinngait) and began drawing in 1997. Within a decade Pootoogook became the catalyst for an explosion of creativity from Kinngait Studios. Her drawings challenged conventional expectations of ‘Inuit’ graphic art. An instinctive chronicler of her generation, Pootoogook created drawings peppered with images of daily life: current events on television, Playboy-style eroticism, alcoholism and spousal abuse. Her immediate success drew the attention of art collectors and signaled to graphic artist colleagues in the North that there were no limits on subject matter and scale.

Exhibitions include McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Canada (2017); National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2013); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, USA (2012-2013); National Gallery of Canada, Ontario, Canada (2009-2010); documenta 12, Kassel, Germany (2007); and The Power Plant, Ontario, Canada (2006).