If you see one exhibit of aboriginal art this year, this should probably be it. Through Jan. 28, the Marion Scott Gallery in Vancouver is showing the work of Kananginak Pootoogook, one of the most prominent Inuit artists of the last 50 years.
His work diverges radically from traditional expectations of aboriginal art. You won’t find carvings or masks at the exhibit, and Pootoogook’s style does not incorporate the bold lines, shapes and colours associated with first nations art. Instead, his medium is line drawings – relatively simple sketches on paper that offer an intimate, personal view of life, landscape and fauna in the Far North.
The exhibit runs through Jan. 28, with a break for the holidays from Dec. 24-Jan. 3, at the Marion Scott Gallery on 2423 Granville St.