Billy Markosak (Merkosak)

spirit Inuit Art Sculpture in whale bone

Born: 1967
Resides in: Mittimatalik Pond Inlet

He started drawing at the age of four. He has since then explored many artistic media and practice thus, carving in whalebone, ivory, soapstone and wood, as well as painting in watercolor.

Billy Markosak is one of the few Nunavut artists to carve masks, with Tim Pitseolak, Taqqialuk Nuna and Sam Toonoo from Kinngait (Cape Dorset). Carving or drawing masks allows keeping a strong link between past and present times through myths and old stories from Inuit elders. Indeed, masks were formerly important while shamanistic practicing to make shamans connected with spirits and deceased people.