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.
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.