Lithograph on Arches Cream, 38.1x57cm (Printer: Niveaksie Quvianaqtuliaq)
Pitaloosie was born in 1942 on the southwest coast of Baffin Island near what is now the community of Cape Dorset. She began drawing in the early 1960s, 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. 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 selected a drawing by Pitaloosie entitled Mother and Child to use for their 1990 holiday greeting 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. In 2004, she was appointed a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, in recognition of their life’s work and contributions to Canadian art.