Tim Pit­si­u­lak: Sto­ries of What Lies Be­neath

Inuit Art Quarterly - - CONTENTS - by An­drew Hunter

A cu­ra­tor and friend re­flects on the unique vi­sion and im­mense legacy of the late Kin­ngait artist in this mov­ing per­sonal es­say. Ex­ploratory, dense and lay­ered, this fea­ture mim­ics the rich vis­ual lan­guage of Pit­si­u­lak’s in­deli­ble aes­thetic.

Tim Pit­si­u­lak’s mas­ter­ful draw­ings of the hunt have roots that run deep. They are the re­sult of gen­er­a­tions of knowl­edge of the land and life­long ex­pe­ri­ence as a hunter. They are the in­her­i­tor of Nivi­ak­siak’s pow­er­ful sil­hou­et­ted fig­ure stand­ing in front of a seal hole mo­ments be­fore a kill and Kanang­i­nak Pootoo­gook’s scenes that cel­e­brate a suc­cess­ful wal­rus hunt. Pit­si­u­lak was not the first hunter-artist, but his large-for­mat draw­ings and mas­ter­ful prints have so­lid­i­fied his legacy for gen­er­a­tions to come.

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