Feature Interview: The life and work of Itee Pootoogook 1951-2014

Canada recently lost one of its major Inuit artists when Itee Pootoogook passed away in March at the age of 63.

Pootoogook did much of his work in Cape Dorset, an Inuit community in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut.

His work was especially well known for its clean lines and realistic representations of contemporary Inuit life.

Pootoogook was often compared to Canadian art icons like Alex Colville and Christopher Pratt.

To hear more about Pootoogook’s work and his legacy, Eye on the Arctic’s Eilís Quinn spoke to Robert Kardosh from the Marion Scott Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Marion Scott Gallery

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic circumpolar news project. At Eye on the Arctic, Eilís has produced documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar world. Her documentary Bridging the Divide was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards. Eilís began reporting on the North in 2001. Her work as a reporter in Canada and the United States, and as TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China" has taken her to some of the world’s coldest regions including the Tibetan mountains, Greenland and Alaska; along with the Arctic regions of Canada, Russia, Norway and Iceland.

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