Markoosie Papigatok

Markoosie Papigatok
Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery


Markoosie Papigatok is a prolific sculptor based in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU. Born in Puvirnituq Nunavik, QC, he hails from a family of renowned carvers, including his grandfather, Qavaroak Tunnillie (1928-1993). Largely self-taught, Papigatok learned by observing those who worked around him, like his uncle Ashevak Tunnillie (1956-2018). Using both hand and power tools, Papigatok is known for making smaller, more intimate sculptures with a whimsical flare.

The most common of Papigatok’s subjects are his dancing bears. Featuring polished stone, rounded lines, a plump body and an enthusiastic stance, Young Polar Bear (1992) is an exemplary piece of the artist’s work. Papigatok also enjoys experimenting with different types of stone, occasionally using multiple varieties within his carvings to signify a transformation taking place [1].

Papigatok’s endearing sculptures have gained a following worldwide and have appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. A number of his pieces are continuously featured in the Canadian Art Gallery in Basel, Switzerland. His artwork can also be found in the public collections of the Musee d’art Inuit Brousseau in Quebec City, QC, and the Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa, ON, among others.

Artist Work

About Markoosie Papigatok



Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

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Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU
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