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Another loss….Beau Dick 1955-2017

In the last year, Canada has lost the authentic voices of too many of its artists.  Annie Pootoogook, Daphne Odjig, Tim Pitsiulak, and, most recently, Beau Dick, have died.

Beau Dick was an artist, activist, hereditary chief, and, by all accounts, a very engaging personality.  His dealer, LaTiesha Fazakas, of Fazakas Gallery said, “Beau made you believe in magic, destiny and the transcending value of art.”

Beau Dick (Times Colonist image)

Beau Dick’s work is currently part of Documenta 14 in Athens, Greece.  In 2010 his work was part of the Sydney Biennale.  The National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery , the McMichael Canadian Art Collection have all shown his work.  He was a significant Canadian artist.

Marsha Lederman has written a detailed, and enlightening obituary in the Globe and Mail.  You can read it here.  Check the CBC news report  for further images.

Mask, Beau Dick (Canadian Art image)



Annie Pootoogook 1969-2016

Annie Pootoogook was born in Cape Dorset and died recently in Ottawa.  She was a ground-breaking Inuit artist.

Holding Boots, Crayons, pencil and ink Annie Pootoogook (Power Plant/Fehely Fine Art image)

Holding Boots, Crayon pencil and ink Annie Pootoogook (Power Plant/Fehely Fine Art image)

In 2006, she won the prestigious Sobey Art Award.  Her work was exhibited internationally, such as in Germany at Documenta, and in New York at The National Museum of the American Indian.

Annie Pootoogook (WAG image)

Annie Pootoogook (WAG image)

Click here for an excellent article from the Globe and Mail, and click here for the CBC news report.

Her death at the age of 47 is very sad, and a huge loss.  Rest in peace, Ms Annie Pootoogook.