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