Inside the work of Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak, two trailblazers of Inuit art
One of the most prominent Inuit artists working today, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, introduces us to the work of two trailblazers, Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak. A new exhibition of Ashevak and Pitsiulak's work is on display now at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
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Storyteller, writer and Greenlandic mask dancer Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is one of the most important voices in Inuit art and culture working today. She's also one of the co-curators of Tunirrusiangit, the Art Gallery of Ontario's exhibition of the work of Kenojuak Ashevak — often called the grandmother of Inuit art — and her nephew Tim Pitsiulak, whose modern style made him one of the most sought-after Inuit artists of his generation.
With incredible precision, Ashevak and Pitsiulak used ballpoint pens, magic markers and coloured pencils to create remarkable works of art. Their distinct, colourful images of highly stylized birds and other animals are familiar images to many Canadians.
Bathory knows a lot about using the unexpected in her own art. She joined q guest host Ali Hassan to take us deeper into the world of Inuit art, and share how Ashevak and Pitsiulak have inspired her.
Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak runs until Sunday, August 12 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.