drawing, jewellry, printmaking

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

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Known for her signature depictions of polar bears, caribou, rabbits and other Arctic fauna, graphic artist Papiara Tukiki has been producing her unique and playful images for decades. Tukiki was born at Nuwata, an outpost camp in Nunavut, and spent her childhood on the land. These formative years continue to inform her art practice, depicting animals and landscape in large-scale drawings and prints. Working out of Kinngait Studios, Tukiki's work was first included in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collections in 2004 and has continued to appear regularly in the years since. She continues to be highly prolific, working alongside younger artists in the studio. Tukiki's work has been exhibited internationally, and is held in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, NY.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
INUA Catalogue 2021
Curator's Choice: Papiara Tukiki and Saimayu Akesuk at the Brooklyn Museum Summer 2016 Susan Kennedy Zeller
Brooklyn Museum adds Cape Dorset prints to collection November 12, 2015 CBC News


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Kinngait Studio Returns September 30 - November 4, 2019 Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Cape Dorset and Points South 2 Feb – Mar 2016 Theo Gantz Studio
Fifteen Years: Kingait 2000-2015 Sept – Oct 2015 Feheley Fine Arts


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2015 Dorset Fine Arts
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2013 Dorset Fine Arts
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2012 Dorset Fine Arts


View Filmography and Details
Title Release Date Role
Kinngait: Riding Light Into the World 2010 Herself

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Brooklyn Museum New York, NY, United States
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada

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February 8, 2018 Created By: Lera Kotsyuba