Open Studio, in partnership with Dorset Fine Arts, is pleased to launch the release of two screenprint editions created by Cape Dorset Inuit artist Tim Pitsiulak (1967-2016). In the Spring of 2016, Pitsiulak was the inaugural participant in the Inuit Artist Creative Residency Program at Open Studio and during a two-week period, he worked with senior printer Nicholas Shick and assistant Miles Ingrassia to create a pair of screenprinted editions based on his iconic Arctic wildlife drawings. Pitsiulak exhibited a natural printmaking talent while he worked closely on the transformation of his two drawings into the print medium. Further, his generous and light-hearted spirit spilled over into the Open Studio community, securing friendships and strengthening existing connections. The evening will begin with a simple tribute to Pitsiulak’s life with remarks from friends and colleagues, accompanied by a photo slide show. The Inuit Artist Creative Residency Program is generously supported by the Government of Nunavut.
In addition to the launch of the Cape Dorset Spring Print Release and the Pitsiulak tribute, Open Studio is pleased to celebrate two recent Inuit art milestones! A new 10-dollar bill, which enters into circulation June 1, 2017, includes an adaptation of the Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013) print Owl’s Bouquet – this is the first time in Canadian history that Inuit art has been depicted on a banknote. A representative from the Bank of Canada will be on hand to preview the bill and discuss the significance of Ashevak’s work within the composition. Also, a representative from Dorset Fine Arts will provide a brief overview of the Kananginak Pootoogook (1935-2010) installation at the Biennale di Venezia – this is the first time in its 122-year history that Inuit art is featured in this prestigious, international exhibition. All of the remaining Pootoogook prints will be available for purchase at Open Studio until the 26 November 2017 completion of the Biennale – this is a rare opportunity to commemorate a historic first and to be part of the artist’s remarkable legacy.
We hope to see you on May 25th!