WAG@The Forks Presents Andrew Qappik & Daniel Shimout
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 to Monday, July 24, 2017
In celebration of WAG@The Forks’ first anniversary, we are proud to partner with Canadian Arctic Producers and the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association to present a sales exhibition featuring two artists in residence, printmaker Andrew Qappik from Pangnirtung, NU and carver Daniel Shimout from Coral Harbor, NU.
Andrew Qappik is well-known throughout the Canadian Arctic for designing Nunavut’s flag, the territory’s coat of arms, and official logo. Qappik was born in a camp 40 miles from the east Baffin Island settlement of Pangnirtung, and his family moved into the community when he was a young child. When he was 14 years old, his first prints were published in the 1978 Pangnirtung annual collection, and they have been included in every print collection since then. Qappik’s first solo retrospective show was at the WAG in 2010.
Daniel Shimout’s first solo exhibition was at Feheley Fine Arts in 2014, and since then he has had several gallery and museum exhibitions. Influenced by a family of carvers – father Anakudlak Shimout, brother Matthew, and their brother-in-law Leo Napayoak Sr – Shimout is quickly gaining recognition for his original style and unique integration of various media. His sculptures provide a powerful insight into the history and spirituality of traditional Inuit life. Shimout is best known for his carvings of animals that surround his home in Coral Harbor as well as depictions of camp and camp life.