Heritage — Inuit
Johnny Pootoogok was born in Iqaluit (Frobisher Bay) in 1970 and now lives in Cape Dorset on Baffin Island.
Johnny’s appreciation for art began at a young age as he watched his father, renowned Inuit carver Kananginak Pootoogok, RCA, work. His art is mostly made up of stone carving but he has also spent much time honing his drawing. His favourite subject matter is animals, including bears, muskox and birds. He is also known for carving large Inukshuks and the Arctic Wolf, a rarity due to the difficulty in presenting the longer, slim legs in stone. His artwork is presented in a realistic and lifelike style.
Johnny has had his work exhibited in Canada, the US, France, Germany and Switzerland. In addition to the Canadian Museum of Civilization, his work can be found in private collections throughout the world.