Nick Sikkuark

2019 Archive

Nick Sikkuark (Inuit, born in 1943, Garry Lake, Canada; died in 2013, Kugaaruk, Canada) began his carving career in 1967 in Gjoa Haven. He studied for the clergy in Winnipeg and Ottawa as a young adult before settling in Kugaaruk, Nunavut. There, Nick began using organic materials to make his fantastical sculptures. In 2003, Nick shifted his practice from carving to drawing on paper, producing a significant body of work in the medium.


Nick Sikkuark at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd East

Sikkuark’s drawings and sculptures illustrate the entanglements between the natural and the supernatural worlds. Sikkuark was Netsilik (the people of the seal) and Born on the land near Garry Lake. He worked primarily in sculpture until 2003, after which his practice shifted to drawing. His uncanny works oscillate between the…