Peter
Pitseolak

Photo: Peter Pitseolak
Peter
Pitseolak

Medium:

drawing, painting, photography, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.

Tujjaat, NU
02 November 1902

Date of Death:

Artists may have multiple dates of death listed as a result of when and where they passed away. Similar to date of birth, an artist may have passed away outside of a community centre or in another community resulting in different dates being recorded.

1973

Work

Biography

Peter Pitseolak was a photographer whose work focused on documenting Inuit traditional knowledge and stories within his community. He produced an astounding portfolio of photographs from the 1940s to 1970s. Apart from photography, the scope of his work included drawing, sculpting, watercolour painting, and historical documentation using tape recordings, diaries, and manuscripts. Following his death, his collection of over 2000 negatives were placed on loan to the McCord Museum in Montreal, QC.View Long Biography and Citations

Publications

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Title Year Author
Peter Pitseolak October 2015 Library and Archives Canada
"Sovereignty: Landings" and Trevor Paglen December 2013 Aryen Hoekstra
Jamasie Pitseolak: Northern Soul May 2011 Leah Sandals

Exhibitions

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Name Year Gallery
Peter Pitseolak Inuit photographer 2002 National Gallery of Canada
Peter Pitseolak: Inuit Historian of Seekooseelak Jan - Mar 1980 McCord Museum

Public Collections

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Collection Location
McCord Museum Montreal, QC, Canada
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada
Tom Thomson Art Gallery Owen Sound, ON, Canada

Edit History

January 5, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
September 12, 2017