Pitaloosie
Saila, RCA

Pitaloosie
Saila, RCA

Medium:

drawing, printmaking

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

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.

Keatuk, NU
11 August 1942

Work

Biography

Pitaloosie Saila is an illustrator and printmaker from Kinngait, NU. She is a prolific artist, having produced over 1,450 drawings and 165 prints in her lifetime. Saila began drawing around 1965. Her artwork ranges from the realistic to the more surreal and tends to focus on people and animals as subjects. Her art has been featured in over 150 exhibitions and included in the Kinngait print catalogue since 1968. Her work Fisherman's Dream was featured on a postage stamp in 1977 and her lithograph In the Hills represented the Northwest Territories in the centennial celebration of the National Parks of Canada. She was appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 2004.View Long Biography and Citations

Publications

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Title Year Author
Pretty in Print: Inuit printmaker Pitaloosie Salia's "A Personal Journey" showcased at the WAG November 1 2017 Jen Doerksen
Winnipeg Free Press October 31, 2017 Alan Small
Pitaloosie Saila April 2016 Canadian Art

Exhibitions

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Name Year Gallery
A Personal Journey Oct 2017-May 2018 Winnipeg Art Gallery
raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 - 2015) December 2017 Onsite Gallery
Across the Turtle’s Back: The Kampelmaster Memorial Collection of Indigenous Art Oct 2016-Apr 2017 Mackenzie Art Gallery

Achievements

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Achievement Year Organization
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 2004 Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Amnesty International selected the drawing Mother and Child to use for their 1990 Christmas cards. 1990 Amnesty International
Her lithograph In the Hills represented the Northwest Territories in the centennial of the National Parks of Canada 1985 National Parks of Canada

Filmography

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Title Release Date Role
Kinngait: Riding Light into the World 2010 Featured Artist
What follows...Pitaloosie Saila 2001 Featured Artist
Animation from Cape Dorset: Good Day For Hunting 1973 Animator/Director

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Amon Carter Museum of American Art Fort Worth, TX, United States
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Victoria, BC, Canada

Edit History

November 23, 2017 Created By: Rebecca Gray
November 16, 2017 Edited By: Alia Weston