INUK TIM PITSIULAK BORN—NOTED PENCIL ARTIST
Born in Kimmirut, Northwest Territories (now Nunavut), Pitsiulak grew up speaking Inuktitut. He became interested in drawing at age 9, but also trained as a carver and a jeweler before settling on drawing as his art career. Pitsiulak hunted and drew inspiration from the natural beauty he witnessed on his expeditions. His respect for wildlife in his region is seen in his large-scale drawings capturing the images of walrus, whales, bears and seals. In 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled Pitsiulak’s design on a 25-cent commemorative circulation coin celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition and life in the North. The coin features a pair of Beluga whales and a Bowhead whale–common to Arctic waters and vital to the Inuit way of life. Pitsiulak’s work has appeared in galleries all over the country, including Toronto’s Feheley Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver. Tim died December 26, 2016.
Sources: "Acclaimed Inuk artist Tim Pitsiulak dead at 49," Toronto Star, 12/23/2016. Retrieved 1/6/2020, https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2016/12/23/acclaimed-inuk-artist-tim-pitsiulak-dead-at-49.html “Inuk artist Tim Pitsiulak dead at 49, remembered for his 'heart of gold and endless talent',” CBC News, 12/26/2016. Retrieved 1/6/2020, https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/tim-itsiulak-obit-1.3911319 Stonecut: Tim Pitseulak (1967-2016), 2014. “Sated Bear.” Reproduced with the permission of Dorset Fine Arts.