NANOOQ INUIT ART
Canada’s newest Inuit art gallery
Curating the finest Inuit Art
Welcome to Nanooq Inuit Art – Canada’s newest 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.
The 57th Annual Cape Dorset Print Collection
The 57th Annual Cape Dorset Print Collection is an outstanding collection of 27 works by renowned Canadian Inuit artists and printers. Produced at the Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, the print collection has been an annual international event since 1959. Inuit artists represented in the 2016 release are Ningiukulu Nungusuituk, Pitseolak Niviaqsi, Tim Pitsiulak, Malaija Pootoogook, Pauojoungie Saggiak, Kakulu Saggiaktok and Ningeokuluk Teevee.
Ningeokuluk is one of the most versatile, intelligent and celebrated graphic artists to emerge from Kinngait Studios. Her first prints appeared in the Cape Dorset Annual Collection in 2004. In 2009, Groundwood Books published Ningeokuluk’s first autobiographical children’s book entitled Alego, which was subsequently short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustration.
She has a comprehensive knowledge of Inuit legends and a fine sense of design and composition. These elements have made many of her prints highly sought after by collectors. Ningeokuluk has had numerous solo shows of her bold and resplendent drawing and some of her work has been featured in exhibitions at major public galleries and museums.
Ningeokuluk works full-time for the Nunavut Housing Corporation in Cape Dorset, and devotes her spare time to her family and whatever time she can to her drawing.
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.