Nick Sikkuark

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Nick Sikkuark (21 May 1943 – 19 December 2013)[1][2] was an Inuit artist from Kugaaruk, Nunavut. His works are mainly in whale bone, caribou antler, and walrus ivory, and are characterized by "droll, macabre wit."[3]

Born at Garry Lake, Nunavut (then part of the Keewatin), Sikkuark was orphaned at a young age. He was then taken in by the Oblate Fathers. As a young man he studied for the clergy in Winnipeg and Ottawa before settling in Kugaaruk, Nunavut, then called Pelly Bay. It was there that he began to work as an artist full-time.


  1. ^ Spirit Wrestler Gallery
  2. ^ National Gallery of Canada
  3. ^ Hessel, Ingo (2002). Inuit Art: an Introduction. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre. p. 119. ISBN 1-55054-829-8. 
  • Kardosh, Robert (2003). The Art of Nick Sikkuark: Sculpture and Drawings. Vancouver: Marion Scott Gallery. ISBN 0-921634-38-2. 

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