Pencil crayon drawing of a woman Playing at Ajagak

Kananginak Pootoogook, Woman Playing at Ajagak, 1985-86. Coloured pencil and porous pointed pen on paper. Overall (support): 50.2 x 65.9 cm. Gift of Dr. Peter Lewin, Toronto, 2005. 2004/162. © Dorset Fine Arts.

Kananginak Pootoogook

April 15, 2022 - August 28, 2022

Located on the second floor in gallery 225.

Admission is always FREE for AGO Members, AGO Annual Pass Holders & Visitors 25 and under. Learn more.


“I want my grandchildren, and the general public, to see what I have done, and what I remember of my life.” Kananginak Pootoogook (1935–2010) was born to a family of artists. Son of renowned Inuk printmaker Josephie Pootoogook and nephew of photographer and sculptor Peter Pitseolak, he was raised at Ikirasak camp, east of Kinngait, in Nunavut, Canada. A gifted drawer, sculptor and printmaker, he also had a strong spirit of leadership and persistently fought to establish artmaking as a source of income for local residents. In 1959, he co-founded the Kinngait Co-operative, the first Inuit-owned association to support and promote Inuit art.

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