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PAST FEATURED DRAWING ARTIST OHOTAQ MIKKIGAK

© William Ritchie

OHOTAQ MIKKIGAK

1936-2014

I enjoy doing colourful drawings, of people, animals, birds and especially the landscape. I used to enjoy hunting on the land, so that’s what I draw. I’ve done a few drawings of shamans, although I’ve never seen one. They are stories, true stories, told by my grandmother.
-Ohotaq Mikkigak

Ohotaq was born in 1936 and lived in Cape Dorset with his wife Qaunak, who is a carver and traditional throat-singer up to 2014. Ohotaq began drawing in the early years of the print program in Cape Dorset, and his print, Eskimo Fox Trapper, was released in 1961. He became less involved with drawing as the community grew, working full time instead for various community agencies. Since his retirement from his job as caretaker of the Peter Pitseolak School in Cape Dorset, Ohotaq resumed his interest in drawing. We were pleased to include three of his prints in the 40th anniversary collection released in 1999. Since then he has become a fixture at the table in the Kinngait Studios, working on drawings covering a wide range of themes and subjects, including an illustrated life history.

Ohotaq had his first solo exhibition of prints and drawings in 2010, and in 2012 a number of his large scale drawings were exhibited in a highly acclaimed show alongside Venerable Canadian artist Jack Bush at the Justina M Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto.



052-0222

UNTITLED, 2004

Graphite, Coloured Pencil and Pentel

51 x 65.9 cm

 

052-0241

UNTITLED, 2004

Graphite, Coloured Pencil and Pentel

50.8 x 66 cm

052-0369

UNTITLED, 2007

Graphite, Coloured Pencil and Pentel

51 x 66 cm

052-0400

UNTITLED, 2008

Graphite, Coloured Pencil and Pentel

50.7 x 62cm

052-0411

UNTITLED 2008

Pentel

50.8 x 66 cm

052-0463

UNTITLED, 2006

Pentel

51 x 66 cm

052-0536

UNTITLED 2010

Graphite, Coloured Pencil and Pentel

33.5 x 88.7 cm

052-0543

UNTITLED 2010

Graphite, Coloured Pencil and Pentel

38 x 112 cm

052-0601

UNTITLED, 2010 

Graphite, Coloured Pencil and Pentel

50 x 65 cm

052-0825

UNTITLED 2012

Graphite, Coloured Pencil and Pentel

50 x 65 cm