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Saila, Pitaloosie

Saila, Pitaloosie

PITALOOSIE SAILA

1942-


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 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.

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.

ARCTIC ENSEMBLE by Pitaloosie Saila

ARCTIC ENSEMBLE by Pitaloosie Saila

$800.00
ARCTIC ODYSSEY by Pitaloosie Saila

ARCTIC ODYSSEY by Pitaloosie Saila

$600.00
CAMP KITCHEN by Pitaloosie Saila

CAMP KITCHEN by Pitaloosie Saila

$600.00
CHANGING TRADITIONS by Pitaloosie Saila

CHANGING TRADITIONS by Pitaloosie Saila

$400.00
DANCER WITH LEAF by Pitaloosie Saila

DANCER WITH LEAF by Pitaloosie Saila

$300.00
DEPARTED SOULS by Pitaloosie Saila

DEPARTED SOULS by Pitaloosie Saila

$400.00
DIVING FISH by Pitaloosie Saila

DIVING FISH by Pitaloosie Saila

$800.00
EPIC WHALE HUNT by Pitaloosie Saila

EPIC WHALE HUNT by Pitaloosie Saila

$900.00
FOCUSED HUNTER by Pitaloosie Saila

FOCUSED HUNTER by Pitaloosie Saila

$500.00
FULL MOON by Pitaloosie Saila

FULL MOON by Pitaloosie Saila

$700.00
GIRL WITH GULLS by Pitaloosie Saila

GIRL WITH GULLS by Pitaloosie Saila

$600.00
GUIDING SEDNA by Pitaloosie Saila

GUIDING SEDNA by Pitaloosie Saila

$900.00
ILLUSIVE BIRD by Pitaloosie Saila

ILLUSIVE BIRD by Pitaloosie Saila

$350.00
JIGGING ON THIN ICE by Pitaloosie Saila

JIGGING ON THIN ICE by Pitaloosie Saila

$600.00
LAZY DUCK by Pitaloosie Saila

LAZY DUCK by Pitaloosie Saila

$700.00
LOST by Pitaloosie Saila

LOST by Pitaloosie Saila

$600.00
LUSTROUS CHAR by Pitaloosie Saila

LUSTROUS CHAR by Pitaloosie Saila

$700.00
MAN HARNESSING DOG by Pitaloosie Saila

MAN HARNESSING DOG by Pitaloosie Saila

$350.00
MARRULIAK (TWINS) by Pitaloosie Saila

MARRULIAK (TWINS) by Pitaloosie Saila

$800.00
MOTHER'S LULLABY by Pitaloosie Saila

MOTHER'S LULLABY by Pitaloosie Saila

$350.00
MY FATHER'S PIPE by Pitaloosie Saila

MY FATHER'S PIPE by Pitaloosie Saila

$700.00
NORTHERN LIGHTS by Pitaloosie Saila

NORTHERN LIGHTS by Pitaloosie Saila

$700.00
OUT OF THE PAST by Pitaloosie Saila

OUT OF THE PAST by Pitaloosie Saila

$700.00
OUT OF THE SEA by Pitaloosie Saila

OUT OF THE SEA by Pitaloosie Saila

$300.00
OUTDOOR SERVICE by Pitaloosie Saila

OUTDOOR SERVICE by Pitaloosie Saila

$400.00
PROUD YOUNG WOMAN by Pitaloosie Saila

PROUD YOUNG WOMAN by Pitaloosie Saila

$600.00
RAVENS' REEL by Pitaloosie Saila

RAVENS' REEL by Pitaloosie Saila

$800.00
SCRAPING CARIBOU HIDE by Pitaloosie Saila

SCRAPING CARIBOU HIDE by Pitaloosie Saila

$450.00
SIKUSILAMEOT (PEOPLE FROM SOUTH BAFFIN) by Pitaloosie Saila

SIKUSILAMEOT (PEOPLE FROM SOUTH BAFFIN) by Pitaloosie Saila

$300.00
SMOKE RINGS by Pitaloosie Saila

SMOKE RINGS by Pitaloosie Saila

$500.00
SOUL OF THE DANCER by Pitaloosie Saila

SOUL OF THE DANCER by Pitaloosie Saila

$450.00
SPARKLING LOON by Pitaloosie Saila

SPARKLING LOON by Pitaloosie Saila

$1,000.00
SPRING MORNING by Pitaloosie Saila

SPRING MORNING by Pitaloosie Saila

$450.00
STRANGE LADIES by Pitaloosie Saila

STRANGE LADIES by Pitaloosie Saila

$600.00
SUMMER FEAST by Pitaloosie Saila

SUMMER FEAST by Pitaloosie Saila

$250.00
SUMMER SOLACE by Pitaloosie Saila

SUMMER SOLACE by Pitaloosie Saila

$450.00
TATTOOED SHAMAN by Pitaloosie Saila

TATTOOED SHAMAN by Pitaloosie Saila

$800.00
THE OUTCAST by Pitaloosie Saila

THE OUTCAST by Pitaloosie Saila

$600.00
THE WHALER'S REEL by Pitaloosie Saila

THE WHALER'S REEL by Pitaloosie Saila

$400.00
TWILIGHT RAVEN by Pitaloosie Saila

TWILIGHT RAVEN by Pitaloosie Saila

$750.00
UNDERSEA ILLUSION by Pitaloosie Saila

UNDERSEA ILLUSION by Pitaloosie Saila

$500.00