Itee Pootoogook has reduced the floe edge in winter to three color blocks, capturing the vast, featureless scene in a serene image.
Born in 1951 in Kimmirut (formerly Lake Harbour) on southern Baffin Island, he moved to Cape Dorset when he was still a child.
A meticulous draughtsman, Pootoogook looked primarily to contemporary northern life for his subject matter. He was 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. Featuring a minimum of incident, these understated images celebrate the mundane moments that make up the everyday. Pootoogook was 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 were produced from a combination of memory and imagination, Pootoogook based many of his drawings on photographs, an aspect of his artistic process that further highlights his contemporaneity.
Itee Pootoogook | Floe Edge, Winter | | Alaska on Madison
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