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Pitaloosie Saila

Pitaloosie Saila
Please join us for the Artist Reception on
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Canada House Gallery is the official host gallery for the 2017 Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection. As such, we will have editions 1 & 3 of each print.

We are accepting reservations today - call us at 1-800-419-1298 with your choices!

The official release is Saturday, October, 21, 2017.


"On a recent trip to Cape Dorset, I sat down with the artists and printmakers of Kinngait Studios in hopes of learning more about the inspirations and processes behind their work in the 58th Annual Print Collection.

I quickly learned that their artwork goes beyond aesthetics. Unlike many Southern artists, the artists from this picturesque hamlet in Nunavut seldom receive formal training in studio arts, so their artistic practices are largely informed by mentorship and collaborations with the community.

The resulting prints simultaneously embody tradition and contemporaneity, creating a captivating visual record of both history and present day culture of Kinngait."

  • Claire Foussard, excerpted from the 2017 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection catalogue

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Pitaloosie Saila

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 Cape Dorset 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 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.

Affiliations
2004 Member of the Royal Academy of Arts


Collections
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, TX
Amway Environmental Foundation Collection, Ada, MI
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, PQ
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, PQ
CIBC Collection, Toronto, ON
Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, PEI
Dennos Museum Centre, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI
Department of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa, ON
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet, NU
Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
London Regional Gallery, London, ON
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, ON
McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton, ON
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
Musee des deaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal, PQ
Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, NT
Teleglobe Canada, Montreal, PQ
University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

Exhibitions
2017 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2015 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2014 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2013 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2012 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2011 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2010 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2009 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2008 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2007 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2006 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2005 Cape Dorset Print Collection 2005, West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative, Cape Dorset, NU
2002 Art By Women: An Investigation of Inuit Sculpture and Graphics, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2002 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2002 Cape Dorset: First Generation Printmaker, Tha Albers Gallery of Inuit Art, San Francisco, CA
2002 Cape Dorset Prints: 1961-1976, The Albers Gallery of Inuit Art, San Francisco, CA
2001 Nuliajuk: Mother if the Sea Beasts, Houston North Gallery, Lunenberg, NS
2000 Arctic Spirit - Canadian Inuit Sculpture, Boise State University, Boise, ID
2000 Cross-Currents, Cape Dorset in the 1960's, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2000 Cape Dorset Print Collection 2000, West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative, Cape Dorset, NU
1997 Graphite and Stone Sculpture and Drawing: Baffin Artists in Two Mediums, Spirit Wrestler, Vancouver, BC
1997 Singing and Dancing and Playing, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1997 Inuit Prints and Drawings 1961-1990, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, PQ
1996 - 97 Pitaloosie and Pauta, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
1996 Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection of Inuit Art, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, PQ
1996 Imaak Takujavut: The Way We See It, Paintings From Cape Dorset, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
1995 - 96 Inuit Woman: Life and Legend in Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1995 - 96 Imaak Takujavut: Paintings From Cape Dorset, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
1995 Sedna: Spirit of the Sea, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1995 Immaginario Inuit, Arte e cultura degli esquimesi canadesi, Galleriea d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Verona, Italy
1994 - 95 Cape Dorset Revisited, McMicael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
1994 - 95 Isumavut: The Artistic Expression of Nine Cape Dorset Women, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, PQ
1994 Pitaloosie Saila: Original Drawings, Albers Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1994 Cape Dorset Revisited: A Collection of Previously Unreleased Prints, West Baffin Co-op, Cape Dorset, NU
1994 Kunst van de Inuit Eskino's, Gemeemtelijk Kunstcentrum, Huis Hellemans, Edegem, Belgium
1994 Patiently I Sing, Selections from the Tyler/Brooks Collection, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
1994 Arctic Spirit, 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
1993 - 94 Contemporary Inuit Drawings, Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
1993 Pitaloosie Saila Graphics, Arctic Artistry, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY
1993 Drawings by Pitaloosie Saila, Cape Dorset, Albers Gallery of Inuit Art, San Francisco, CA
1993 Print Exhibition, Pitaloosie Saila, Pitseolak Ashoona, Pudlo Pudlat, Gallery Indigena, Waterloo, ON
1992 Art Inuit, Douai at Galerie Montador, Dieppe, France
1992 Women of the North: An Exhibition of Art By Inuit Women of the Canadian Arctic, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1991 - 92 In Cape Dorset We Do It This Way: Three Decades of Inuit Printmaking, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
1991 Art Inuit, Douai at maison de Pesey, Les Arcs, France
1991 Art Inuit, Douai at Le Theatre, La Ciotat, France
1991 Art Inuit, Douai at Galerie La Tour des Cardinaux L'Isle sur la Sorgue, France
1991 Mother and Child: Sculpture and Prints, Albers Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1991 Art Inuit: Douai at Galerie Musepict, Marseille, France
1991 Art Inuit: Autour de la Collection de Cape Dorset 1991, Douai at Le Colombier, Ville D'Avray, France
1991 Art Inuit, Douai at Galerie Maite Aubert, Le Havre, France
1991 Art Inuit, Douai at Galerie Akenaton, Troyes, France
1991 Art Inuit, Douai at Galerie Ombre et Lumiere, Ensisheim, France
1991 Art Inuit, Douai at Galerie Ombre et Lumiere, Ensisheim, France
1991 Mother and Child: Sculpture and Prints, Albers Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1991 Art Inuit, Douai at la halle aux Bles, Saint Malo, France
1991 Art Inuit, Douai at Palais de l'Europe, Le Touquet, France
1991 Art Inuit, Douai at Galerie Le Tour de Cardinaux, L'Isle sur la Sorgue, France
1990 Art Inuit: Autour de la Collection de Cape Dorset 1990, Douai at Centre Culturel Canadien, Paris, France
1990 Art Inuit, Douai at Thonon les Bains, France
1990 Inuit Graphics and Drawings from 1959-1990, Arctic Artistry, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
1990 Art Inuit, Douai at Palais de l'Euope, Le Touquet, France
1990 Art Inuit, la Sculpture des Esquimaux du Canada, Douai at Maison Falleur, Cambrai, France
1989 - 91 Flights of Fancy - Kenojuak Ashevak, Lucy Qinnuayuak, Pitaloosie Saila, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
1989 Images of the Far North, Arctic Artistry, Hartsdale, NY
1989 Cape Dorset Women Artists, Kenojuak, Pitaloosie and Lucy, Gallery Indigena, Stratford, ON
1989 Mother and Child: Selections from the Inuit Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
1989 Art Inuit, Douai at Chapelle de la Visitation, Thonon, France
1989 Inuit Graphic Art from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Winnipeg Art Gallery,Winnipeg, MB
1988 - 89 Im Schatten der Sonne: Zeitgenossische Kunst der Indianer und Eskimos in Kanada, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, PQ
1987 - 88 Inuk, Inuit: Art et tradition chez les esquimaux d'hier et d'aujourd'hui, Musee des beasux-arts d'Arras, Arras, France
1987 Inuit Graphics From The Past, Arctic Artistry, Scarsdale, NY
1987 The Lindsay and Swartz Collections: New Acquisitions, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1987 1987 Eskimo Art, Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, DC
1987 Inuit Traditions in Graphics: 1961-1987, Arctic Artistry, Hartsdale, NY
1986 Northern Exposure: Inuit Images of Travel, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
1986 Cape Dorset Prints and Sculpture, McMaster Art Gallery, Hamilton, ON
1986 The Ancestors/Links Between Worlds, Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN
1986 Inuit Graphics Through The Year: Rare Prints from the Arctic, Arctic Artistry, Scarsdale, NY
1984 - 86 Arctic Vision: Art of the Canadian Inuit, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa, ON
1984 - 85 The Last and First Eskimos, Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth ,TX
1984 On The Land, The Arctic Circle, Los Angeles, CA
1984 Images of the Far North, Studio Art Gallery, State University of New York, Binghampton, NY
1983 - 85 Grasp Tight The Old Ways: Selections From the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
1983 Return of the Birds, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
1983 The Cape Dorset Print, Indian And Northern Affairs Canada, Ottawa, ON
1983 The Way We Were - Traditional Eskimo Life, Snow Goose Associates, Seattle, WA
1982 Break-up and Freeze-up, The Arctic Circle, Los Angeles, CA
1981 - 83 Cape Dorset Engravings, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa, ON
1981 Transformation, The Arctic Circle, Los Angeles, CA
1981 Images of the Inuit: From the Simon Fraser Collection, Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
1981 Pitaloosie Saila Drawings, Gallery One, Toronto, ON
1980 The Klamer Family Collection of Iniuit Art from the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
1978 Cape Dorset Lithographs 1978, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art, Toronto, ON
1978 Polar Vision: Canadian Eskimo Graphics, Jerusalem Artists' House Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
1977 - 82 The Inuit Print, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa, ON
1975 - 79 We Lived By Animals, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa, ON
1975 - 77 Inuit Games, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa, ON
1974 Pitaloosie Saila, Inukshuk Gallery, Waterloo, ON
1974 Retrospective Prints and Recent Drawings by Pitaloosie, Beckett Gallery, Hamilton, ON
1974 Eskimo Art, Queens Museum, Flushing, NY
1973 Canadian Eskimo Lithographs: Third Collection, Department of External Affairs Canada, Ottawa, ON
1971 The Art of the Eskimo, Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
1970 Canadian Eskimo Arts Festival, Alaska Methodist University Galleries, Anchorage, AK
1969 Eskimo Art, Robinson Galleries, Ottawa, ON
1968 - 96 Cape Dorset Graphics Annual Collection
1961 Contemporary Canadian Eskimo Art, Gimpel Fils, London, UK
Collection d'Estampes de Cape Dorset, Canadian Guils of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, PQ
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