This month our spotlight shines on Pits Qimirpik (Kimmirut, NU). Every comprehensive Inuit carving collection must include at least one of Pits' venerable bird sculptures.
Pits' Owls and Eagles are internationally renowned. The reasons are many. The colours of the stone he chooses are extraordinary. He has a particular moss green pastel stone that has lavender veins coursing through it! I have never seen any other artist use this colour of stone. His jewel tone stones are vibrant and magnetic. His darker browns and greens are rich and soothing.
Qimirpik Owls are unlike any other. His Owls are stoic and fearless. The wings are folded and are immaculate in their detail. The feathers are individually etched with geometric precision. Each owl stands at the ready, like avian soldiers; ready to hunt....ready to kill. I have seen many of these spectacular birds over the years and yet each one is unique and captures my heart.
As magnificent as his owls are, Pits' Eagles are perfection!
These birds of prey are carved in midflight, wings wide spread. They are usually carrying a small fish in their talons. The realism of the sculpture is spell binding. But what is really impressive, is the talent and skill that is required by the artist to be able to create a piece of art that must balance like this eagle. I venture to say that many carvers will never develop this skill. But Pits has attained this mastery.
He has achieved the status of a Master Carver. Every sculpture he creates is noteworthy but his Owls and Eagles are treasures.