Photo: Peter Pitseolak


drawing, painting, photography, 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.

Tujjaat, NU
02 November 1902

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.




Peter Pitseolak was a photographer whose work focused on documenting Inuit traditional knowledge and stories within his community. He produced an astounding portfolio of photographs from the 1940s to 1970s. Apart from photography, the scope of his work included drawing, sculpting, watercolour painting, and historical documentation using tape recordings, diaries, and manuscripts. Following his death, his collection of over 2000 negatives were placed on loan to the McCord Museum in Montreal, QC.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Peter Pitseolak October 2015 Library and Archives Canada
"Sovereignty: Landings" and Trevor Paglen December 2013 Aryen Hoekstra
Jamasie Pitseolak: Northern Soul May 2011 Leah Sandals


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Peter Pitseolak Inuit photographer 2002 National Gallery of Canada
Contemporary Inuit Drawings Nov 1993 - Jan 1994 Muscarelle Museum of Art
From Icebergs to Iced Tea Jan - Mar 1994 Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Victoria, BC, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, ON, Canada

Edit History

January 5, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
September 12, 2017