Andrew Qappik RCA
Andrew Qappik, CM (born February 25, 1964 in Nunataq, Nunavut) is a Canadian Inuit graphic artist currently residing in the Arctic hamlet of Pangnirtung on Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut.
Qappik is known for his extensive printmaking career and was made a member of the Order of Canada while contributing to the design of the Nunavut Coat of arms and the creation of Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated logos. In 2017, he also had the honor of designing two 25 cent coins for the Canadian Mint.
Finding inspiration as child from the comic books he would read, Andrew very quickly advanced along his artistic path. In 1978, when Qappik was only 14, his first prints were published in the Pangnirtung annual collection, and his work has been featured in each year since. Qappik was influenced and encouraged by his uncles Solomon and Imoona Karpik. Since the Pangnirtung print making workshop opened in 1973, Qappik was set for a prosperous career.
Andrew has created prints in all forms and even practiced sculpture. His graphic art often portrays multiple perspectives of his subjects and features vibrant colours, resulting in evocative and resonant works. While his family members and the knowledge they’ve passed on to him have heavily influenced his artistry, Qappik frequently puts contemporary spins on his pieces.
“There is a strong storytelling impetus in Qappik’s work that is facilitated by his multiple perspectives and his use of very fine detailing,”
– Darlene Coward Wight, Curator of Inuit Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Andrew has recently left Pangnirtung as he has been given the prestigious role as one of the artists in residence at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Here he furthers his own craft while studying the works of other greats held in the museums collection.
Andrew is also the pastor for the Pangnirtung Methodist church. In their home Qappik and his wife have set up a shelter for mistreated women.