Pits Qimirpik

owl Inuit Art Sculpture in Serpentine

Born:  January 17, 1967  Male  

Resides:  Iqaluit; also lived in Lake Harbour

Pitsiula’s adoptive parents Nuyaliaq and Annie Qimirpik are carvers in Lake Harbour.  His step-brother Michael Nakashoo is also a carver. It is his birds and especially his owls that have made him famous. They are extremely detailed, perfectly proportioned, and completely unique from any other sculpture out there.

We find his pieces in prestigious collections, such as the Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB.    

Exhibitions
1997 Stories in Stone, trade mission lead by Prime Minister Jean Chretien, Westin Chosun Hotel, Seoul, Korea
1997 Stone & Bone,: The Inuit Master Carvers of the Canadian Arctic, The Northwest Company, Sun Valley Centre for the Arts & Humanities, Ketchum, ID
1995 Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art & Crafts from Dene & Inuit of Canada, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM
1995 Inuit Art: From the Collection of Maurice Yacowar, Collector’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
1988 Building on Strengths: New Inuit Art from the Collection, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1985 The Last and First Eskimos, Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, TX

Publications
1995 Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art & Crafts from Dene & Inuit of Canada, Santa Fe, NM: Institute of American Native Arts Museum.