DORSET FINE ARTS
Dorset Fine Arts was established in Toronto in 1978 as the wholesale marketing division of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. The Co-operative is in Cape Dorset, Nunavut and is unique among the Arctic Co-operatives for its focus on the arts and artists of the community. The Annual Graphics Collection from Cape Dorset has been released since 1959 and the Co-operative also represents many acclaimed sculptors and drawing artists. Dorset Fine Arts was established to develop and serve the market for Inuit fine art produced by the artist members of the Co-operative. Sales and exhibitions of prints, drawings and sculptures are made through the Dorset Fine Arts showroom in Toronto to galleries around the world.
DORSET FINE ARTS DOES NOT SELL DIRECTLY TO THE PUBLIC.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING ARTWORK YOU CAN DO SO THROUGH ONE OF OUR LISTED GALLERIES
Tim Pitsiulak 1967 – 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden and untimely death of Tim Pitsiulak, one of Cape Dorset’s most revered and well-loved graphic artists. Known primarily for his large scale drawings and majestic prints, Tim was recognized throughout the art world for his unique and important contributions to Inuit art.
Born in 1967 in the community of Kimurut, Tim moved to Cape Dorset with his family when he was a young age and he quickly showed an aptitude for art. After working a while at carving and jewelry making, Tim dedicated himself to drawing where his talents really blossomed.
The land and its wildlife were initially the primary influences on Tim’s concise and fluid drawing style. He later became a chronicler of the everyday, drawing large format, meticulously detailed depictions of boats, heavy equipment and airplanes – the machinery of modern life in Cape Dorset.
Tim was a serious hunter and his respect for the natural world and its wildlife was fundamental to his artistic sensibility. Tim was particularly inspired by the whales that frequent the cold Arctic waters - the beluga and the bowhead - because, as he said, nobody really knows much about them. His drawings of these magnificent animals were often embellished with tattoos of ancient artifacts hearkening back to the sacred roots of the hunt.
Tim has had his drawings and prints shown in several venues in Canada and overseas and his work is represented by many prominent galleries across the country. Recently, Tim worked on a number of major commissions including a coin design for the Royal Canadian Mint and a large scale drawing for the foyer of the Toronto Dominion Bank in downtown Toronto. Last year he completed a very successful residency at Open Studio in Toronto and worked side by side with the printmakers there to create two outstanding silk screen prints.
Aside from his artistic accomplishments, Tim was a stable and loving husband and father to 7 children. He was a warm and genial man who made friends easily and abounded in good humor.
In this time of grief, our thoughts are with Tim’s family and the many friends whose lives he touched.