If you are ever fortunate enough to come across a Pits Qimirpik Owl, than you should understand that you are ad-mist a rare masterpiece, and a sculpture made by one of the most famous Inuit artists in the world - Pits Qimirpik.
He has garnished celebrity-like status on every continent in the world for his owls. Galleries are required to wait years before having the chance to obtain one. This is why they are so hard to find because most of the time, they sell even before making their way to the shelf.
The main attraction to Pitseolak sculptures are their immaculate polish and shine. Each one is polished to the degree where you can see your own reflection. In order to do this, Pits puts much strain on his hands, and as a result, needs to take a break before moving onto the next piece. The effort and strain to achieve this degree of refinement gives him a mild case of arthritis in his hands. This alone shows the commitment Pits is willing to take to achieve perfection.
It is this close attention to detail and refinement of his stone that give Pits’ owls such their signature distinguished, modernesque polished look. This is what really defines Pits apart from other Inuit artists. The surface of his owls are extremely smooth with perfect inclinations going across the wings.
As Pits Qimirpik Owl's are expensive, they will certainly retain their value and one day be worth much more than what you paid for. It is his owls that are what originally caught the eye of the International audience. As you can see, they are extremely detailed, perfectly proportioned, and completely unique from any other sculptures out there.
Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1997 Stories in Stone, trade mission lead by Prime Minister Jean Chretien, Westin Chosun Hotel, Seoul, Korea
1997 Stone & Bone,: The Inuit Master Carvers of the Canadian Arctic, The Northwest Company, Sun Valley Centre for the Arts & Humanities, Ketchum, ID
1995 Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art & Crafts from Dene & Inuit of Canada, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM
1995 Inuit Art: From the Collection of Maurice Yacowar, Collector's Gallery, Calgary, AB
1988 Building on Strengths: New Inuit Art from the Collection, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1985 The Last and First Eskimos, Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, TX
1995 Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art & Crafts from Dene & Inuit of Canada, Santa Fe, NM: Institute of American Native Arts Museum.