Unsigned artist's proof. This quirky engraving shows Kananginak experimenting with foreshortening. It was unusual for Inuit printmakers to use perspective, let alone tackle the difficult problems of foreshortening.
Kananginak Pootoogook | Eider duck | 1962 | Alaska on Madison
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Kananginak Pootoogook, Running musk ox
21 x 9 1/2 x 9 in.
This dynamic musk ox by the incomparable Kananginak Pootoogook is in full gallop. The right front and left rear feet are completely off the ground, and the animal's thick coat is windblown.
Kananginak grew up on the land, and was dubbed the "Audubon of the North." HIs obituary in the Globe & Mail said, "As a hunter and butcher, he understood the anatomy of the creatures that he killed to feed his family; as an artist, he had the ability to transform that appreciation of sinew and muscle into drawings and carvings that captured an animal's essence. . . . [H]e was particularly good at brids and owls, depicting them so realistically and yet so intuitively that they seem to be staring back at a vieweer with a knowing if wary regard."
Kananginak Pootoogook | Running musk ox | | Alaska on Madison
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Kananginak Pootoogook, Windswept muskox
8 x 11 x 3 1/2 in.
Kananginak Pootoogook | Windswept muskox | | Alaska on Madison
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