Malaija Pootoogook

Artist Photo - Malaija Pootoogook

Artist Photo – Malaija Pootoogook

Name:
Malaija Pootoogook (1971 – )
Gender:
Female
Style:
Inuit
Region:
Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada


I enjoy drawing the different kinds of birds. I like to watch them fly; they look so peaceful and free.-Malaija Pootoogook

Malaija Pootoogook was born in Iqaluit in the cold winter month of January, 1971. She is the adopted daughter of Paulassie Pootoogook and Ishuhungitok Pootoogook, both now deceased. Malaija has been surrounded by artists in her family. Her father, Paulassie was highly regarded as a sculptor and her brother, Mosesee, is also a talented stone carver. Her brother, Itee Pootoogook, has received critical and popular acclaim for his contemporary drawings. Malaiya did her first drawing in 1994, inspired by the work of her great-grandmother, the late Pitseolak Ashoona. She was represented in the annual print collection for the first time in 2011 with two affecting images of the Arctic Owl. Expressive and monumental depictions of birds and Arctic wildlife are a continuing theme in her work.

Art Work

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    'Accordion Player’ by Malaija Pootoogook

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    Cape Dorset 2016
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    'Birds Eating Berries' by Malaija Pootoogook

    Birds Eating Berries

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    Cape Dorset 2021
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    'Bounding Bear' by Malaija Pootoogook

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    Cape Dorset 2021
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    'Clash’ by Malaija Pootoogook

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    Cape Dorset 2017
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    'Early Lesson’ by Malaija Pootoogook

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    Cape Dorset 2016
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    "Luminous Bird" by Malaija Pootoogook - Inuit - Cape Dorset 2015

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    Cape Dorset 2015
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    'Mosaic Bird' by Malaija Pootoogook

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    Cape Dorset 2020
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    'Nunavut Vampire' by Malaija Pootoogook

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    Cape Dorset 2020
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    'Reclining Caribou’ by Malaija Pootoogook

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    Cape Dorset 2014
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    'Song Birds’ by Malaija Pootoogook

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    Cape Dorset 2015
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    'Yearling' by Malaija Pootoogook

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    Cape Dorset 2021
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