Andrew Qappik and Daniel Shimout

Wednesday, June 21 to Monday, July 24

Opening Reception • June 21, 6-9pm at WAG@The Forks

With additional programming throughout the week.

In celebration of the 1 year anniversary of the opening of WAG@The Forks, we are proud to be presenting in partnership with Canadian Arctic Producers and the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association, a sales exhibition featuring our Artist in Residency artists, Andrew Qappik from Pangnirtung, NU and Daniel Shimout from Coral Harbor, NU.

Andrew Qappik (b.1964) 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.  He was born in a camp 40 miles from the east Baffin Island settlement of Pangnirtung, but his family moved into the community when he was a young child.  His first prints were published in the 1978 Pangnirtung annual collection when he was only 14 years old and they have been included in every Pangnirtung print collection since then.  He had his first solo retrospective at the WAG in 2010 and we are thrilled to be working with him again.

Daniel Shimout (b.1972) Daniel Shimout is a carver who has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including his first solo exhibition at Feheley Fine Arts in 2014.  Influenced by a family of carvers, this emerging artist is quickly gaining recognition for his original style and unique integration of various media.  Daniel Shimout’s sculptures provide a powerful insight into the history and spiritualism of traditional Inuit life. He watched his father Anakudlak Shimout carve, as well as his older brother Matthew and their brother-in-law Leo Napayoak Sr. Daniel is well known for his carvings depicting the animals that surround his home as well as depictions of camp and camp life.

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