Pitaloosie Saila began drawing in the early 1960s, and she has consistently maintained her own individual style. Her work has been included in annual Cape Dorset Print Collections since 1968.

Pitaloosie Saila’s imagery often focuses on the mother and child image, in which the woman is depicted as strong and nurturing. Birds and animals as well as her own memories have also provided subject matter. Her bold images lend themselves well to the print medium and her work has been continuously featured in Cape Dorset Annual Print Collections. Her lithographs in particular show a full understanding of the potential of this medium in which many of her iconic images were made.

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2016 Pitaloosie Saila: A Print Retrospective
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

2004 Sanaasimasiatok/Fine Works: Sculpture from Cape Dorset
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

2003 The Inuit Icon: Selections from Private Collections
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, ON

1996 – 1997 Pitaloosie & Pauta
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Kleinburg, ON

1994 – 1995 Isumavut: The Artistic Expression of Nine Cape Dorset Women
Canadian Museum of History

1993 – 1994 Contemporary Inuit Drawings
Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA

1991 – 1992 In Cape Dorset We Do It This Way: Three Decades of Inuit Printmaking
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON

1989 – 1991 Kenojuak Ashevak, Lucy Qinnuayuak, Pitaloosie Saila – Flights of Fancy
Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, ON

1988 – 1989 In the Shadow of the Sun: Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art in Canada / Im Schatten der Sonne: Zeitgenossische Kunstder Indianer und Eskimos in Kanada
Canadian Museum of History

1987 The Lindsay and Swartz Collections: New Acquizitions
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, MB

1986 The Ancestors/Links Between Worlds
Minnesota Museum of Art
St. Paul, MN

1984 – 1985 The Last and First Eskimos
Museum of Science and History
Fort Worth, TX

1983 – 1985 Grasp Tight the Old Ways: Selections from the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art
Art Gallery of Ontario,Toronto, ON

1978 Polar Vision: Canadian Eskimo Graphics
Jerusalem Artists’ House Museum – Jerusalem, Israel

1971 The Art of the Eskimo
Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC

Blodgett, Jean. Grasp Tight the Old Ways: Selections from the Klamer Family
Collection of Inuit Art. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1983.

Hessel, Ingo. Arctic Spirit: Inuit Art from the Albrecht Collection at the Heard
Museum. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2006.

Hessel, Ingo. Inuit Art: An Introduction. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2002.

Leroux, et. al. Inuit Women Artists: Voices from Cape Dorset.
Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1996.

Ryan, Leslie Boyd. Cape Dorset Prints: A Retrospective. San Francisco:
Pomegranate, 2007.


2002 Elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Arts at the same time as her husband, Pauta Saila.

1994 She was one of six artists featured in “Inuit Women Artists”, an exhibition held at the National Gallery of Canada and a major publication.

1985 Her lithograph entitled “In the Hills” represented the Northwest Territories in the centennial celebration of the National Parks of Canada.

1977 Canada Post issued a stamp depicting her print “Fisherman’s Dawn”.

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