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 is one of the most beloved Inuit Artists of all time, and his reputation as a master artist has only grown since his passing at the young age of only 49. He is one of the first artists whose focus was on drawing for it’s own sake, rather than simply as a means to the production of a print. Many of his drawings are large scale masterworks which command honor and respect on every museum and gallery wall they grace. His attention to detail and draftsmanship are unparalleled, and each one of his drawings is imbued with the spirit and character of his subject matter.
In 1913 Tim was awarded the special honor of having one of his drawings selected for reproduction on a Canadian coin.
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.
(Information provided by Dorset Fine Arts.)