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Photo: Okpik Pitseolak
Credit: Inuit Art Foundation


jewellry, painting, printmaking, sculpture/carving

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.

Kimmirut, NU

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.

11 April 2019



Okpik Pitseolak was an artist based in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU. She worked primarily in sculpture, learning to carve by assisting her father-in-law, Peter Pitseolak (1902 – 1973), and learning beading from her grandmother, Simatuq. Pitseolak often combined these two practices by adding embellishments to her sculptures, providing them with a uniquely tactile and intimate quality. A long-time member of the Inuit Art Foundation’s Board of Directors, Pitseolak was a fierce advocate for Inuit artists. Her work is now held in public institutions across Canada.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Remembering Okpik Pitseolak April 12, 2019 IAQ Staff
Inuit Women Artists: Voices from Cape Dorset 1994 Edited by Odette Leroux, Marion E. Jackson and Minnie Aoudla Freeman
The Treasured Moment: An Exhibition of Small-scale Inuit Sculpture 1993 Marion Scott Gallery


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Ice and Sand Sept - Oct 2012 Coombe Farm Gallery
Small Sculpture by Great Artists Dec 2006 - Jan 2007 Feheley Fine Arts
Mini-Masterworks 2006 Spirit Wrestler Gallery

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Indigenous Art Collection, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Gatineau, Quebec