By Dorota Kozinska

 
Born in Cape Dorset, Annie Pootoogook was a third-generation Inuit artist, who "drew every day".

Winner of the acclaimed Sobey Art Award (2006), she showed her drawings at numerous prestigious group exhibitions and biennales.

Her works hang in museums and private collection, but tragedy and anguish walked hand in hand with fame in Pootoogook's much-too-short life.

Her resilience, and her concerted effort to fight, was indeed admirable, and there is no denying that art played a major role in that battle.

Her drawings, colourful and innocently childlike, were both traditional and modern, vividly illustrating her life and environment.

Annie Pootoogook
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A Friend Visits
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Watching George Bush on TV
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In Love
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In Canadian Art, a tribute to Annie Pootoogook(lien externe) (in english and inuktitut)

 

Daphne Odjig needs even less introduction. Of Odawa-Potawatomi-English heritage, she received numerous awards, including the Order of Canada and the Governor General's Award.

Born in Wikwemkong, on the Manitoulin Island, she was greatly influenced by her paternal grandfather, who "nurtured" her creative spirit.

Other than in Canada, she studied art in Sweden, and her style combined traditional, Aboriginal iconography with 20th century European techniques and style.

Odjig's rich legacy includes paintings, prints, and pen and ink drawings.

"I paint what comes from my heart — what I feel and what I've experienced through life," she once said. "If there's any Aboriginal child around, I hope it motivates them that they too can accomplish what they want to be."

She was the founding member of the Professional Native Indian Artists Association, better known as the Indian Group of Seven.

Daphne Odjig
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Dominic & Lucy
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Enfolding
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Tribute to Courage
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Daphne Odjig's website(lien externe)