TATTOOED WHALE by Tim Pitsiulak

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Tim Pitsiulak
Screenprint on Arches Cover Black
Printer: Open Studio
76.5 x113 cm
edition of 50
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This spring collection of prints is a very special one. There are only two print subjects. One is a swimming bear, and the other is a whale. They are commemorative prints by the late Tim Pitseolak. We have only two available.

tim pitseolak royal Canadian mintTo understand the servitude and significance of Tim Pitseolak to Canadian art, the Royal Canadian mint in 2013 made a 25 cent coin in honour of Pitseolak's distinction.

His ability to perform large scale prints that captured the essence, rawness and spiritedness of the arctic mammal is what rendered him to fame at an international level. The bravido, finesse, coloration and grandeur of his prints are nothing short of breathtaking. These two last print by him, made just before his passing away exemplifies his works at the highest level. These two prints are some of his best ever works.




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. My inspiration to be an artist comes from my aunt, Kenojuak Ashevak, because she is the oldest and the best.
-Tim Pitsiulak

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.





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