Mikigak
Kingwatsiak

Mikigak
Kingwatsiak

Medium:

sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

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1943

Date of Death:

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2002

Work

Biography

Mikigak Kingwatsiak, a carver and printmaker from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, is best known for his stone and marble sculptures featuring human figures and northern animals such as bears, birds and seals. Inuit mythological figures, such as the Arctic sea goddess Sedna, also frequently appear in his work. Many of Kingwatsiak’s carvings—and in particular, his drawings—are inspired by imaginary creatures. His father was a shaman, and Kingwatsiak grew up listening to many stories about his life. Art also flows through Kingwatsiak’s family. His brother, Iyola Kingwatsiak, was a noted carver and printmaker. His three sisters, Anna Kingwatsiak, Keeleemeeoomee Samualie and Tye Adla, were also talented artists. Kingwatsiak’s art has been featured in a variety of exhibitions at galleries and museums across Canada, as well as internationally in England, Germany and the United States. He twice appeared in the annual Cape Dorset Graphics collection exhibition (1960, 1961). Kingwatsiak is represented in several public collections including at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, Michigan.View Long Biography and Citations

Publications

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Title Year Author
The George & Tannis Richardson Collection of Inuit Sculpture 2015 Darlene Coward Wight, Winnipeg Art Gallery
Master of the Arctic: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks 1993 Amway Corporation
Strange Scenes: Early Cape Dorset Drawings 1993 Terry Ryan (Interviewee); Jean Blodgett (Interviewer); Jean Blodgett (Prefacer)

Exhibitions

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Name Year Gallery
The Jerry Twomey Collection May - Mar 2004 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Nuliajuk: Mother of the Sea Beasts Aug .- Sept 2001 Houston North Gallery
Living Arctic Feb 2001 Inuit Gallery of Vancouver

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Amway Environmental Foundation Collection Ada, MI, United States
Art Gallery of Guelph Guelph, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada