“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. I have also drawn the things I see around me in the community—boats, heavy equipment and airplanes—on large sheets of paper. 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.
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection, 2013. Artist photo: William Ritchie.