Master Caribou by the late Pitseolak Niviaqsi (1947 - 2015) - Museum Quality

Pitseolak Niviaqsi



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Inuit art: Caribou
Size: 16" across14" long, 12.5" high, 3" wide. Weight: 7 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset
Stone: serpentine
Inuit Artist: Pitseolak Niviaqsi (1947 - 2015)
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Museum quality sculpture by first generation Master Carver - Late Pitseolak Niviaqsi

This is a monumental work by the late Niviaqsi - a pioneer for both the sculpture and printmaking community of Cape Dorset. The highly sophisticated, long agile legs and proud posture showcases Niviaqs's passion and intimate knowledge of the caribou.

This is a rare masterpiece by the late Pitseolak Niviaqsi. This is the very last caribou available brand new by him. Every inch is carved to perfection. Numerous sculptures by Pitseolak Niviaqsi were honoured in auction houses and museums.

Pitseolak began his artistic career as a printmaker in the Kingait studio around 1975; he soon became one of the master lithographers in the community, with about 375 prints to his credit. He took up carving seriously in the late 1980s and within a decade was considered to be one of Cape Dorset’s premier sculptors as well. Pitseolak chose to depict a range of subject matter; caribou and wildlife were probably his favourite themes. As Nigel Reading suggested in his Introduction to the 2001 Spirit Wrestler Gallery catalogue The Lyrical World of Pitseolak Niviaqsi, Pitseolak was influenced by the work of Osuitok Ipeelee (1923-2005) and Lukta Qiatsuk (1928-2004); Pitseolak was among the few in his generation to reach that level of excellence. 

The antlers are spectacular as well, very big and impressive. 

Signed and comes with igloo tag.

Pitseolak Niviaqsi (1947 - 2015)

"Pitseolak was born to artists Kunu and Niviaksiak, both of whom contributed to the early Cape Dorset print collections. He was probably introduced to lithography by his elder brother, Qiatsuq, who started working in the printshop in the early seventies. Pitseolak's aunt and uncle are well-known artists Lucy and Tikituk Qinnuayuak. He participated in the lithography program since its inception in the early seventies, initially as an assistant to Pee Mikkigak, his brother, Qiatsuq, and Bob Patterson, who was acting arts advisor at the time. His name appears on 205 prints in sixteen annual collections, more than half of which are lithographs. In 1977, Pitseolak, Wallace Brannen, then supervisor of the litho shop, and Jimmy Manning, assistant arts advisor, travelled to Holman Island to introduce lithography to the resident printers." 

Although Pitseolak stopped carving briefly in 1991 to build his own house, he quickly resumed the art and has continued to develop as a versatile, prolific and talented artist.  His sculpture is often relatively large in size, highly polished and displays flowing forms and exquisite detail.  His subject matter ranges from fanciful birds to sensitive portrayals of a mother with her children.

-Jean Blodgett,"In Cape Dorset We Do It This Way", Kleinburg, ON: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1991, page 137

Pitseolak Niviaqsi Exhibitions:

1993 Sculpture Inuit et Retrospective Pudlo Pudlat, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, PQ
1993 The Treasured Monument, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1993 Small Sculptures by Great Artists II, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1994 Arctic Spirit, 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
1975 - 95 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection
1977 - 82 The Inuit Print, National Museum of Man, Ottawa, ON
1981 - 83 The Murray and Marguerite Vaughan Inuit Print Collection, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB
1983 Bering Sea to Baffin Bay, The Arctic Circle, Los Angeles, CA
1983 - 84 Inuit Art at Rideau Hall, Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa, ON
1987 The Lindsay and Swartz Collections: New Acquisitions, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1987 Cape Dorset Sculpture, Eskimo Art Inc., Ann Arbor, MI
1988 Building on Strengths: New Inuit Art from the Collection, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1991 Animals of the Arctic, Arctic Inuit Art, Richmond, VA
1991 Cape Dorset Sculpture, McMaster Art Gallery, Hamilton, ON
1991 Cape Dorset Stone Sculpture: Masters and the Next Generation, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
1991 Sculpture Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, QC
1991 - 92 In Cape Dorset We Do It This Way: Three Decades of Inuit Printmaking, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
1992 Pangnirtung Print Collection, Pangnirtung, NU
1992 Sculpture Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, PQ
1992 Small Sculptures by Great Artists I, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1994 Iyola Kingwatsiak and Pitseolaq Niviaqsi, Houston North Gallery, Halifax, NS
1994 Small Sculptures by Great Artists III, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1995 Sedna: Spirit of the Sea, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1995 Inspiration: Four Decades of Sculpture, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1995 Pitseolak Niviaqsi, Canadian Guild of Handicrafts Quebec, Montreal, QC
1996 Small Sculptures by Great Artists V, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1996 Emerging Spirit, The Banff Centre, Organized by Northern Art Impressions Inc., Banff, AB
1996 New Visions, Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1996 Sculpture Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, QC
1997 Nunavut/Nunavik: Sculpture in the Time of Change, Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1997 Singing & Dancing & Playing, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1998 Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1998 Arctic Art: Master Works, Arctic Art Museum, Vancouver, BC
1998 - 99 Canadian-Inuit-Dene-Metis- Arctic Art, Canada Place, Arctic Art Museum, Vancouver, BC
1998 Sculpture from the Canadian Arctic, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1999 Pitseolak Niviaqsi: Facing Dorset; Exhibition by John Reeves, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2000 Arctic Spirit - Canadian Inuit Sculpture, Boise State University, Boise, ID
2000 Small Sculptures by Great Artists 2000, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2001 Living Arctic, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
2001 Nuliajuk: Mother of the Sea Beasts, Houston North Gallery, Lunenberg, NS
2003 Then and Now- Inuit Prints form 1962-2002, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver Ltd., Vancouver, BC


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