Pitaloosie Saila, RCA

Artist Photo - Pitaloosie Saila

Artist Photo – Pitaloosie Saila

Name:
Pitaloosie Saila, RCA (1942 – )
Gender:
Female
Style:
Inuit
Region:
Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada


I remember how Inuit used to live, thinking of them back then, my relatives. I also recall how the clothing was made; that is what I base my drawings on when I draw people.
-Pitaloosie Saila

(From “Kinngait: Riding Light Into the World; Producer: Site Media; Director: Annette Mangaard)
Pitaloosie was born in 1942 on the southwest coast of Baffin Island near what is now the community of Cape Dorset. She spent her childhood years in various hospitals in Quebec and Ontario for treatment of tuberculosis. She learnedEnglish 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.

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 1985 lithograph entitled In the Hills represented the Northwest Territories in the centennial celebration of the National Parks of Canada. 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.

Art Work

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    "Arctic Ensemble" by Pitaloosie Saila, RCA - Inuit - Cape Dorset 2009

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    Cape Dorset 2009
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    'Arctic Vixen' by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 2018
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    'Bear Crossing’ by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 2019
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    'Diving Fish' by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 2014
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    "Empress of the Sea" by Pitaloosie Saila, RCA - Inuit - Cape Dorset 1991

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    Cape Dorset 1991
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    "Epic Whale Hunt" by Pitaloosie Saila, RCA - Inuit - Cape Dorset 2015

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    Cape Dorset 2015
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    'Fledgling' by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 2020
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    'Gaggle of Geese' by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 2020
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    'Journey by Dog Team’ by Pitaloosie Saila - Cape Dorset 2018

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    Cape Dorset 2018
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    'Marruliak (Twins)' by Pitaloosie Saila - Cape Dorset

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    Cape Dorset 2014
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    'Out of the Deep' by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 2021
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    'Owl in Arctic Mist' by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 1988
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    'Qimutisik' (Dog Team) by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 2020
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    'Raven's Reel' by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 2011
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    'Sedna with Fish' by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 1985
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    "Smoke Rings" by Pitaloosie Saila, RCA - Inuit - Cape Dorset 2007

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    'Song of Arrival' by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 2021
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    "Sparkling Loon" by Pitaloosie Saila, RCA - Inuit - Cape Dorset 2015

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    Cape Dorset 2015
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    'Tattoed Sun' by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 2019
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    'The Good Omen' by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 2021
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    'Three Women Playing’ by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 2019
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    "Tunnilik Arnaq (Tattooed Woman)" by Pitaloosie Saila, RCA - Inuit - Cape Dorset 2002

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    'Twilight Raven' by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 2015
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    "Two Gulls" by Pitaloosie Saila, RCA - Inuit - Cape Dorset 1968

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    Cape Dorset 1968
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    'Undersea Illusion' by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 2012
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    'Young Char’ by Pitaloosie Saila

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    Cape Dorset 2019
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