Markoosie Papigatuk

One original hand-carved sculpture by Inuit artist, Markoosie Papigatok. One dancing bear carved out of serpentine.

Born May 27, 1976 (Puvirnitug, Nunavut)

Markoosie Papigatok is a prolific sculptor based in Kinngait. He comes from a family of renowned sculptors, including his grandfather, Qavaroak Tunnillie (1928-1993). Largely self-taught, Papigatok learned by observing those who worked around him, such as his uncle Ashevak Tunnillie (1956-2018). Using both hand and power tools, Papigatok is known for creating smaller, more intimate sculptures with a whimsical touch.

Papigatok primarily focuses on depicting his dancing bears. His works are characterized by polished stone, rounded lines, a plump body, and an enthusiastic demeanor. The artist also enjoys experimenting with different types of stone, sometimes using multiple varieties in his sculptures to symbolize a theme of transformation.

Papigatok’s endearing sculptures have gained popularity worldwide and have been featured in exhibitions across Europe, Canada, and the United States. His works are also part of the public collections of institutions like the Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa, ON, among others. Additional details would be helpful for further context or to address specific inquiries.