See also: Inuit drawings by Tim Pitsiulak
Tim Pitsiulak Artist Biography
Tim Pitsiulak (1967 - 2016) was born in the small Inuit hamlet of Kimmirut in Nunavut, Canada. He was an accomplished Inuk artist, photographer and hunter. Tim moved to Cape Dorset as a young child and became emmersed in the flourishing art scene, quickly learning how to draw, sculpt and create jewelry. He is best known for his detailed drawings and realistic prints of arctic wildlife, such as whales, polar bears and walruses.
In 2013, Tim Pitsiulak was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint to design the new 25-cent coin that would commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition. In April of 2016, Tim Pitsiulak completed a two-week artist residency at Open Studio in Toronto. He worked with in-house printmakers to create silkscreen versions of his two icon drawings of a bowhead whale and a swimming polar bear. He also created a beautiful 12' x 8' drawing of two whales, "Ancient Aqviqs," which hangs in the lobby of the Toronto Dominion Bank in downtown Toronto.
Tim Pitsiulak sadly passed away on December 23rd, 2016 at the age of 49, due to complications from a pneumonia.
Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97.
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Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has
been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order
of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown
in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of
Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in
1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an
Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband,
Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's
purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.
Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now open at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario until January 21st, 2018. Afterwards, it will travel to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.
This exhibition was recently on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary artists. His
career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and
public commissions. (Photo credit: Kim Griffiths)
congratulates renowned Canadian and International abstract painter, Rita Letendre, on her first
major museum retrospective exhibition outside of Québec. Rita Letendre: Fire and
Light is now open until September 17, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
which covers Letendre's career from the 1960's to 2000's, is co-curated by Wanda Nanibush and
Georgiana Uhlyarik. The retrospective features nearly forty large-scale paintings drawn from major
national public and private collections.
Letendre was widely exhibited with the artistic groups,
Les Automatistes and Les Plasticiens. She has received the Governor General's Award in
Visual Arts, the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, and the Orders of Canada, Ontario and
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