Cee Pootoogook

Cee Pootoogook
Courtesy Leslie Boyd


Cee Pootoogook, a carver and printmaker from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, was born into an artistic family including graphic artist Napachie Pootoogook and printmaker Eegyvudluk Pootoogook . He is also the brother of contemporary artist Annie Pootoogook [1].

Though beginning his artistic career as a carver, Pootoogook transitioned into printmaking in 2009 [2]. Pootoogook’s prints utilize space and balance, while at the same time showcasing his skill as a printmaker in the varied detailed design of his work.  Pootoogook creates mesmerizing imagery and brings depth to his pieces often with complex figures in constant states of motion.

These elements are best found in his work School of Fish (2015), which shows the flurry of movement of a group of fish, their seemingly directionless swimming allowing them to occupy the entirety of the print.  The movement of the fish can be felt as Pootoogook creates a sense of controlled chaos, giving the animals a purpose to their motion throughout the action on the page.  This theme is explored in many of Pootoogook’s prints with an energy created that seems to go beyond the border of the page.

Cee Pootoogook’s prints have been featured in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection since 2012 and has exhibited his work across Canada, the United States, and Germany.

Artist Work

About Cee Pootoogook


Graphic Arts, Sculpture

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.