Pitaloosie Saila (1942-2021)
Inuit Prints

Scraping Caribou Hide
Scraping Caribou Hide, 1991 (CD91-21)
Pitaloosie Saila
lithograph, ed. 50, 32" × 24"
Outdoor Service
Outdoor Service, 1994 (CD94-29)
Pitaloosie Saila
stonecut & stencil, ed. 50, 22" × 30"
Departed Souls
Departed Souls, 1997 (CD97-19)
Pitaloosie Saila
lithograph, ed. 30/50, 21½" × 30¼"
Summer Solace
Summer Solace, 2001 (CD01-28)
Pitaloosie Saila
lithograph, ed. 50, 22" × 15"
The Outcast
The Outcast, 2001 (CD01-29)
Pitaloosie Saila
lithograph, ed. 50, 30" × 22"
Focused Hunter
Focused Hunter, 2004 (CD04-31)
Pitaloosie Saila
lithograph, ed. 50, 18" × 18"
Smoke Rings
Smoke Rings, 2007 (CD07-28)
Pitaloosie Saila
lithograph, ed. 9/50, 15" × 22½" (framed)
Camp Kitchen
Camp Kitchen, 2007 (CD07-29)
Pitaloosie Saila
lithograph, ed. 9/50, 22¼" × 30"
Tattooed Shaman
Tattooed Shaman, 2008 (CD08-30)
Pitaloosie Saila
Etching & Aquatint, ed. 50, 29 ¼" × 33 5/8"
Arctic Ensemblesold
Arctic Ensemble, 2009 (CD09-31)
Pitaloosie Saila, R.C.A.
lithograph, 20.1" × 30"
Ravens' Reel
Ravens' Reel, 2011 (CD11-28)
Pitaloosie Saila, R.C.A.
lithograph, 22" × 30"
Full Moon, 2012 (CD12-12)
Pitaloosie Saila, R.C.A.
etching and aquatint, 26" × 25"
Undersea Illusionsold
Undersea Illusion, 2012 (CD12-22)
Pitaloosie Saila, R.C.A.
lithograph, 15" × 22"
Proud Young Woman
Proud Young Woman, 2013 (CD13-21)
Pitaloosie Saila, R.C.A.
etching and aquatint, 19" × 22"


Pitaloosie Saila – Artist Biography

Pitaloosie Saila, RCA (female; b:1942); Inuit artist, Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada.

Pitaloosie was born in 1942 on the southwest coast of Baffin Island near the present day community of Cape Dorset. She spent her childhood years in various hospitals in Quebec and Ontario for treatment of tuberculosis. She learned English during this time, and recalls the difficulty she experienced in relearning her native language upon her return to Baffin Island in 1957. She is now one of the few of her generation who speak both English and Inuktitut fluently.

Pitaloosie began drawing in the early 1960's, and quickly established herself as a versatile and intelligent graphic artist. Over the years, she has become a familiar presence in the Kinngait Studios, and her work has been included in annual print collections since 1968. Pitaloosie is represented in the 2010 print collection by Owl's Masquerade (2010-32), an unusual and beautiful image of her celebrated owl that makes full use of the sugar lift etching technique.

Since the late 1960's, Pitaloosie has made frequent trips to southern Canada to attend exhibitions and conferences. In 1967, she spent several weeks in Toronto while her husband, the well-known sculptor Pauta Saila, participated in an International Sculpture Symposium. Subsequently, she has visited Halifax, Toronto, Ottawa, Kansas City and Vermont. Her work has been featured in solo drawing exhibitions, and in 1977, Canada Post issued a stamp depicting her print, Fisherman's Dream. Her lithograph entitled In the Hills represented the Northwest Territories in the centennial celebration of the National Parks of Canada, 1985. Amnesty International, the international human rights organization, selected a drawing by Pitaloosie entitled Mother and Child to use for their 1990 Christmas card. She was also one of nine featured artists in the acclaimed exhibition Isumavut: The Artistic Expression of Nine Cape Dorset Women, which opened at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in the fall of 1994 and continues to travel to other venues.

Pitaloosie's husband, Pauta, passed away in Cape Dorset in June of 2009 at the age of 93. In 2004, both she and Pauta were appointed members of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, in recognition of their life's work and contributions to Canadian art.

Dorset Fine Arts (reproduced with permission)

Note: sold indicates the piece has been sold.

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

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.

Alex JanvierAlex 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)

Rita Letendre

It is with profound sadness that Gallery Gevik announces the passing of our dear friend Rita Letendre, one of Canada’s most renowned, trailblazing artists. She passed away on November 20, 2021 after a long illness. She was 93 years old.