Art is a Voice
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.
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.