Art is a Voice


1964 –

Born: Nunataq, Nunavut
Current Residence: Pangnirtung, Nunavut

Qappik grew up listening to Elders’ stories of earlier times. The vivid memories of his respected Elders have always been his greatest source of inspiration.

Qappik began drawing when he was just five or six years old. By age 14, his first prints were published in the Pangnirtung annual collection (1978). They have been included in every Pangnirtung print collection since.

Qappik has received a number of commissions and honours. He is well-known throughout the Canadian Arctic for his design of the flag for Nunavut as well as the territory’s coat of arms and official logo.

Andrew Qappik. Spring Seals (detail), 1993. Stencil on paper, Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Gift of Carol Heppenstall, 2004-48
Andrew Qappik. Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Photo: Darlene Coward Wight
Andrew Qappik. Favourite Place to Be (detail), 1993. Stencil on paper, 34/50. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Given by the Council for Canadian American Relations through the generosity of H.G. Jones, 2006-279

Qappik Today

In 2017, Qappik was an artist-in-residence at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, where he conducted printmaking workshops to educate others in the meticulous process of stencil printing.

Profoundly religious, he is the pastor of the Pangnirtung Methodist church. He and his wife maintain a shelter in their home for women who are being mistreated.

Andrew Qappik, WAG@The Forks artist-in-residence, 2017. Made possible in partnership with Canadian Arctic Producers and the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association. Winnipeg, Manitoba. Photo: Sherri Van Went
Andrew Qappik. Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Photo: Iwan Baan
Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Photo: Darlene Coward Wight