Canada’s newest online Inuit art gallery

Curating the finest Inuit Art

Welcome to Nanooq Inuit Art – Canada’s newest online Inuit art gallery. Whether you are a new Inuit art collector or you already have an established collection, we hope to inspire you to further your love of Canadian Inuit art.

2017 Cape Dorset Spring Release

Nanooq Inuit Art and Dorset Fine Arts are pleased to announce the release of two screen print editions, “Tattooed Whale” and “Swimming Bear” by Tim Pitsiulak. Each print is priced at $1500.

These two iconic prints were created by Tim in collaboration with master printmakers at Open Studio in Toronto in the spring of 2016 as part of a two week Inuit Artist Creative Residency Program.

The prints will be available for shipping May 25 on a first come first serve basis.

Tattooed Whale by Tim Pitsiulak
Tattooed Whaleby Tim Pitsiulak

Tim Pitsiulak (1967 – 2016) was the inaugural participant in the Inuit Artist Creative Residency Program at Open Studio, an initiative presented in partnership with Dorset Fine Arts.  During his two-week residency, Pitsiulak created two screenprint editions based on his iconic Arctic wildlife drawings.  Pitsiulak was involved in the arts and various forms of artistic expression for many years.

He began to draw in his youth and later took up carving. The land and its wildlife influenced his realist drawing style but he also became a chronicler of the everyday, with large format depictions of boats, heavy equipment and airplanes – the machinery of modern life in Cape Dorset.

His career as an artist was a feature in the 2012 summer issue of The Walrus magazine. Pitsiulak was commissioned by Cadillac Fairview’s TD Centre in Toronto to produce a major new work and he has a coin design in circulation with the Royal Canadian Mint.

This initiative was generously supported by the Government of Nunavut through its Community Tourism and Cultural Industries Program.

Swimming Bear by Tim Pitsiulak
Swimming Bearby Tim Pitsiulak

Tim Pitsiulak was born in Kimmirut in 1967 to Napachie and Timila Pitsiulak, and has been living in Cape Dorset for several years. He has been drawn to the arts and various forms of artistic expression for many years. Tim started to draw as a young boy and would later take up carving and even attended jewelry-making workshops in Iqaluit.

The land and its wildlife were initial influences on Tim’s realist drawing style but more recently he has become a chronicler of the everyday. His current practice includes 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. He is inspired by the whales that frequent the cold, Arctic waters – particularly the beluga and 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 tattoo-like graphics referencing ancient artifacts. Tim continues to attract an avid following for his large naturalist drawings of arctic wildlife.

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