2017 CAPE DORSET SPRING RELEASE
Tim Pitsiulak (1967 – 2016) was the inaugural participant in the Inuit Artist Creative Residency Program at Open Studio, an initiative presented in partnership with Dorset Fine Arts. During his two-week residency, Pitsiulak created two screenprint editions based on his iconic Arctic wildlife drawings. Pitsiulak was involved in the arts and various forms of artistic expression for many years. He began to draw in his youth and later took up carving. Born 1967 in Kimmirut, Pitsiulak was a resident of Cape Dorset for several years and worked out of the local Kinngait Studios. The land and its wildlife influenced his realist drawing style but he also became a chronicler of the everyday, with large format depictions of boats, heavy equipment and airplanes – the machinery of modern life in Cape Dorset. His career as an artist was a feature in the 2012 summer issue of The Walrus magazine. Pitsiulak was commissioned by Cadillac Fairview’s TD Centre in Toronto to produce a major new work and he has a coin design in circulation with the Royal Canadian Mint.
This initiative was generously supported by the Government of Nunavut through its Community Tourism and Cultural Industries Program.
I am a hunter and I know the land and animals of the north. I am particularly inspired by the bowhead whale, because nobody really knows much about them. My inspiration to be an artist comes from my aunt, Kenojuak Ashevak, because she is the oldest and the best.
Tim Pitsiulak has been drawn to the arts and various forms of artistic expression for many years. He started to draw as a young boy and later took up carving as well. He has also participated in jewellery-making workshops offered in Iqaluit.
Born in Kimmirut (Lake Harbour) in 1967 to Napachie (deceased) and Timila Pitsiulak, Tim has been living in Cape Dorset for several years now and has enjoyed working in the lithography studio with visiting arts advisor, Bill Ritchie. The land and its wildlife were initially the primary influences on Tim’s realist drawing style. More recently he has become
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 is a hunter and his respect for the natural world and its wildlife is fundamental to his artistic sensibility. Tim is particularly inspired by the whales that frequent the cold, Arctic waters - the beluga and the bowhead - because, as he says, nobody really knows much about them. The bowhead in particular is a majestic and mysterious creature and frequently he will embellish his drawings of these animals with ‘tattoos’ of ancient artifacts. His artistic career was recently featured in the 2012 summer issue of The Walrus magazine and in 2013 he attended a very productive printmaking workshop at New Leaf Studios in Vancouver. Tim continues to attract an avid following for his large naturalist drawings of Arctic wildlife.