Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak at the AGO

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Kenojuak Ashevak, The Arrival of the Sun, 1962. Stonecut on paper, Sheet 63 × 82.6 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto
Kenojuak Ashevak, The Arrival of the Sun, 1962. Stonecut on paper, Sheet 63 × 82.6 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto

The Art Gallery of Ontario is hosting a new exhibition featuring two of the biggest Inuit artists: Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak led by curator Georgiana Uhlyarik. We’re giving away two tickets to Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevakand and Tim Pitsiulak. See giveaway details below.

Kenojuak Ashevak, The Arrival of the Sun, 1962. Stonecut on paper, Sheet 63 × 82.6 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto
Kenojuak Ashevak, The Arrival of the Sun, 1962. Stonecut on paper, Sheet 63 × 82.6 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto

Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013) and her nephew Tim Pitsilulak (1967-2016) were hugely influential in the domain of Inuit art. The AGO exhibit, which is curated by a team of Inuit artists, contains the artists’ drawings and rare sketches of contemporary Inuit culture and life.

Ashevak, referred to as the “grandmother of Inuit art,” has an international reputation for inspiring other Inuit artists to pursue their work. Ashevak was able to transform her storytelling into sharp graphic representation. Pitsiulak’s large-scale works, infused with humour, resulted in him becoming one of the most recognized Inuit artists of his generation.

Pitsilulak was inspired by his aunt to start drawing and was able to support his family through his drawing, as well as by hunting and making jewellery. The exhibit is the first major retrospective of Tim Pitsilulak since he died in December 2016.

Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak marks a turning point for the AGO, with Inuit artists leading a major Canadian exhibit. Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak have built upon tradition to present a current representation of Inuit culture.

Tim Pitsiulak, Swimming Bear, 2016. Black ink and coloured pencil on paper, Overall: 74.9 × 105.4 cm. Purchased with funds donated by Greg Latremoille, 2017. © Estate of Tim Pitsiulak
Tim Pitsiulak, Swimming Bear, 2016. Black ink and coloured pencil on paper, Overall: 74.9 × 105.4 cm. Purchased with funds donated by Greg Latremoille, 2017. © Estate of Tim Pitsiulak

Enter Our Giveaway to Win 2 Tickets to Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevakand Tim Pitsiulak at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Winner must attend before or on August 12, 2018 when the exhibit closes.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Yes I was lucky to get tickets to see Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors this year at the AGO.

  2. I haven’t been this year, but it’s on my summer “to-do” list. This exhibit looks amazing! I’d love to check it out.

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