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Jamasie Pitseolak

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Jamasie Pitseolak
Scrub, 2011
stone, 5 x 3.75 x 10.5 in.


 

Artist Biography            DOWNLOAD PDF
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At 42, Jamasie Pitseolak is at the forefront of a generation of Inuit artists who are bringing new ideas and sensibilities to the evolving tradition of northern art. Born in 1968 in Cape Dorset on southern Baffin Island, Pitseolak belongs to the first generation of Inuit who grew up in permanent year-round settlements. The son of artists Mark and Ookpik Pitseolak, he began carving when he was 8 or 9, selling his first works to the Hudson’s Bay Company. One of his earliest influences was his grandfather, Peter Pitseolak, a well-known carver and photographer from the Dorset area. Feeling a lack of connection with more traditional themes and unsatisfied with the direction of his work, he began incorporating unconventional modern imagery into his expression in the late 1990s.
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Like many Inuit sculptors, Pitseolak works in a range of organic and non-organic indigenous materials, including stone, antler and ivory. The similarity ends there. Whereas most Inuit artists produce sculptures from single blocks of stone, Pitseolak works like a collagist, painstakingly assembling his images from individually carved pieces. Equally inventive is his distinctive modern subject matter. Instead of traditional images of hunters and wildlife, Pitseolak tends to represent distinctly modern objects—motorcycles, machinery with moveable parts, guitars and tables (complete with vases). The majority of Pitseolak’s works are marked by a playful charm, a quality reflected also in his sculptures’ titles, many of which are based on puns. That said, some works show a more serious approach, including representations of guns and modern weaponry which it is possible to read as the artist’s engagement with local and global violence.
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Pitseolak’s work is in many private and public collections, including the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

 

Selected Press
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VANCOUVER SUN

CANADIAN ART
VANCOUVER SUN
CANADIAN ART


Gallery Exhibitions

SURREAL: EIGHT ARTISTS IN THE FANTASTICAL TRADITION
October 14 - November 20, 2011
 
SWEET INNOVATION: Sugar-Lift Etchings by Tony Anguhalluq, Kenojuak Ashevak, Jamasie Pitseolak and Jutai Toonoo
June 18 - July 30, 2011
 

JAMASIE PITSEOLAK: SCULPTURES, DRAWINGS, PRINTS
May 12 - June 12, 2011

 

MARION SCOTT AT 30
October 21 - November 26, 2006



Selected Other Exhibitions
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BLIZZARD: Emerging Northern Artists, grunt gallery, Vancouver BC, July 5 - August 4, 2012

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Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3, Museum of Arts and Design, New York NY, June 26 - October 21, 2012
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Sakahan: Internation Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa ON, May 17 - September 2, 2013
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Witnesses: Art and Canada's Indian Residential Schools, Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, September 6 - December 1, 2013


Public Collections
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Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau, QC)
National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON)
Winnipeg Art Gallery (Winnipeg, MB)
Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver, BC)


Selected References
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Robin Laurence, "Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration and Sweet Innovation," Border Crossings, vol. 30 no. 4, pp. 96 - 97.
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Jamasie Pitseolak, “Jamasie Pitseolak: Coming From Today,” interview with Norman Vorano, Inuit Art Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring 2008


Gallery Information
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MARION SCOTT GALLERY
2423 GRANVILLE STREET
VANCOUVER, BC CANADA V6H 3G5
TEL: 604.685.1934
FAX: 604.685.1890
ART@MARIONSCOTTGALLERY.COM

 
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