Life on the Land: Inuit Art from Cape Dorset Book of Postcards
Life on the Land: Inuit Art from Cape Dorset Book of Postcards
Life on the Land: Inuit Art from Cape Dorset Book of Postcards
Life on the Land: Inuit Art from Cape Dorset Book of Postcards

Life on the Land: Inuit Art from Cape Dorset Book of Postcards

Itee Pootoogook
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The Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset are the oldest continually operating print studios in Canada, and collectors from around the world eagerly anticipate each annual release of prints. The artists of Cape Dorset are active in the studios from fall through late spring. Diverse media are available to the printmakers—etching and aquatint, woodcut, copper engraving, and stencil—but their mainstays are stonecut and lithography. This book of postcards reproduces 30 outstanding images from over 50 years of printmaking at the Kinngait Studios.


30 color reproductions bound in a handy postcard collection

Mail the postcards, or keep the book for your own collection

Decorate your office or dorm room with a wall of images

Informative introductory text

Backs of postcards offer enough room for short messages

Perforated for easy removal

Oversized postcards may require additional postage

Book: 6.875" x 4.75" x .375"

Postcard: 6.5" x 4.75"


Itee Poogoogook 1951-2014

A resident of Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Itee Pootoogook belongs to a new generation of Inuit artists who are transforming and reshaping the creative traditions that were successfully pioneered by their parents and grandparents in the second half of the 20th century. Born in 1951 in Kimmirut (formerly Lake Harbour) on southern Baffin Island, he moved to Cape Dorset when he was still a child. The son of artists Ishuhungitok and Paulassie Pootoogook, Itee has been drawing and carving for several years but it is only recently that he has been actively involved with Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset. The first print edition of Itee’s work, Looking South, was released in the Spring of 2008 as part of the “Nine Works by Seven Artists” contemporary folio. This was followed by the Fall 2008 annual Cape Dorset print release, in which Itee’s work was featured with two of his recent prints.

A meticulous draughtsman, Pootoogook looks primarily to contemporary northern life for his subject matter. He is especially interested in modern local architectural forms, producing works in graphite and coloured pencil that depict various contemporary buildings in Cape Dorset. Pootoogook’s portraits of acquaintances and family members similarly bear witness to the North of today. Whether they are captured at work or rest, Pootoogook’s subjects are shown engaged in a range of modern activities including stone carving and watching television indoors. Featuring a minimum of incident, these understated images celebrate the mundane moments that make up the everyday. Pootoogook is also an inventive landscapist. Many of his finest Arctic landscapes make use of extended formats, giving emphasis to the open horizon that separates land from sky. Although some compositions are produced from a combination of memory and imagination, Pootoogook bases many of his drawings on photographs, an aspect of his artistic process that further highlights his contemporaneity.