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April 21: Meet the Artist Tim Pitsiulak

Meet the Artist – Tim Pitsiulak at Open Studio
Thursday, April 21st, 6 – 8 pm

Written by Chris Jones

Please join us on Thursday, April 21st to meet Tim Pitsiulak and see the prints in progress being created during his residency at Open Studio.

In partnership with Dorset Fine Arts, Open Studio is pleased to host a two-week creative residency with Cape Dorset Inuit artist Tim Pitsiulak. Working in collaboration with Open Studio printmakers from April 11-22, 2016, Pitsiulak will create print editions based on two of his iconic Arctic wildlife drawings. Complementing this production, Pitsiulak will conduct a series of artist talks and workshops designed to showcase his practice and highlight the Inuit art of Cape Dorset. The residency will culminate in an exhibition of Pitsiulak’s work, which will include the new prints produced at Open Studio.

Designed as an annual initiative, this residency program will ensure that each year an artist or master printmaker from Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset will undertake vital professional development at the Open Studio facility. Working alongside technical and creative staff at the studio, this unique opportunity will encourage shared creative endeavours while seeding lasting relationships between the north and south. This undertaking is a reinvestment in an historic affiliation between Kinngait Studios and Open Studio – the two organizations were regular collaborators until 1997. This initiative is generously supported by the Government of Nunavut through its Community Tourism and Cultural Industries program.

Tim Pitsiulak has been involved in the arts and various forms of artistic expression for many years. He began to draw in his youth and later took up carving. Born 1967 in Kimmirut, Pitsiulak has been a resident of Cape Dorset for several years and works out of the local Kinngait Studios. The land and its wildlife influence his realist drawing style but he has also become a chronicler of the everyday, with large format depictions of boats, heavy equipment and airplanes – the machinery of modern life in Cape Dorset. His career as an artist was a feature in the 2012 summer issue of The Walrus magazine. Pitsiulak recently completed a major commission for Cadillac Fairview’s TD Centre in Toronto and has a coin design in circulation with the Royal Canadian Mint.

Open Studio is a charitable, non-profit, artist-run centre. It is Canada’s leading printmaking centre, dedicated to the production, preservation and promotion of contemporary original fine art prints. Open Studio provides multi-faceted services, programs and information to artists and the public alike. As a national organization, Open Studio offers affordable and equal access to printmaking facilities, programs and services for artists from across Canada and abroad. Programs at Open Studio are accessible to the arts community and the general public. www.openstudio.on.ca

Dorset Fine Arts was established in 1978 as the marketing division for the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative. Located in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, the Cooperative is unique among its Arctic peers for a focus on the arts and artists of the community. The Annual Print Collection from Cape Dorset has been released since 1959, and the Cooperative also represents many acclaimed sculptors and graphic artists. The distinctive work produced in this region – particularly in stonecut and lithography – is created in the Kinngait Studios, the oldest art print shop in Canada. International sales and exhibitions of Inuit art are brokered through the Dorset Fine Arts office in Toronto. www.dorsetfinearts.com

For information contact: Laura Bydlowska at office@openstudio.on.ca and 416-504-8238

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