My inspiration to be an artist comes from my aunt, Kenojuak Ashevak, because she is the oldest and the best.
This exhibition presents drawings by two giants of Inuit art. As one of the original artistic pioneers from the North, Kenojuak Ashevak’s name is synonymous with Inuit art. Over her long and prolific career, she established herself as one of Canada’s most acclaimed graphic artists, creating images that resonate deeply and widely in both Canada and internationally. Her nephew, Tim Pitsiulak, is one of Canada’s most sought-after artists. His ambitious drawings reflect his respect for, and interest in, the natural world and its wildlife, and the impact of his large-scale work is immediate and affecting. Suddenly and tragically, Tim Pitsiulak passed away on December 23, 2016.
This exhibition, drawn entirely from an impressive and extensive private collection, now serves in part as a modest commemoration of his extraordinary talents. In bringing Kenojuak and Pitsiulak together, the exhibition celebrates the magnificent drawings of two family members and masters of Inuit art.
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Tim Pitsiulak (Canadian (Inuit) 1967-2016), Impossible (detail), 2014, coloured pencil and ink on paper. Private Collection. © Dorset Fine Arts