Josie Pitseolak

Josie Pitseolak
Sandra Omik


Josie Pitseolak is a talented multidisciplinary artist born in Iqaluit, NU currently residing in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), NU. Influenced by the artists in his family, Pitseolak began drawing at age nine and carving at around the age of 12 [1].

Pitseolak is a self-taught artist and often uses members of his family or community as figures in his illustrations. His work has appeared in two children’s books as well as the Nunavut 2000 Print Collection [2]. Pitseolak carves with natural materials including narwhal tusk, stone and antler with most of his carvings depicting polar bears [3] He also makes miniatures of everyday objects such as ulus and food items. He constructs the miniatures out of paper and paints them with watercolour. “By creating work that is engaging to observers and layers with meaning, Josie’s miniatures exemplify a shift in contemporary Inuit art that allows viewers to see through a lens that frames both the individual approach of the artist as well as the collective Inuit experience,” argues Janet Pitsiulaaq Brewster [3]. Most recently, Pitseolak was featured in the Fall 2018 issue of the Inuit Art Quarterly.

Artist Work

About Josie Pitseolak


Graphic Arts, Sculpture

Artistic Community:

Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), NU

Date of Birth:

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Iqaluit, NU

Date of Death:

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August 1, 2018 Created by: Inuit Art Foundation