A tradition since 1959, the annual print collection presents the work of Cape Dorset’s talented Inuit graphic artists—both young and old working together in the co-operatively owned Kinngait Studios. This year’s collection features the work of 15 graphic artists and includes 38 images, covering a wide range of styles and subjects. Each image is printed in an edition of 50.
“Sadly this year marked the death of Itee Pootoogook, one of Cape Dorset’s most sought after and respected graphic artists. Itee began drawing in his teenage years, but he did not dedicate himself fully to the graphic arts until he joined the Kinngait Studios in the late 1990s. In recent years his drawings attracted tremendous interest from museums, galleries, and collectors and sold out shows of his drawings were the norm. Itee was a quiet, introspective man and his drawings reflected his temperament. With modulating tones and subtle colours he drew unassuming scenes of hunting and fishing, local architecture, and the everyday stuff of hamlet life in a way that imparted an amazing sense of presence and significance. There are two prints by Itee in the 2014 collection. We will miss him dearly.” — Dorset Fine Arts