Born in 1936
Lives in Cape Dorset
Ohotaq Mikkagak began drawing in the early years of the print program in Cape Dorset, and his print, Eskimo Fox Trapper, was released in 1961. He became less involved with drawing as the community grew, working fulltime instead for various community agencies. Since his retirement from his job as caretaker of the Peter Pitseolak School in Cape Dorset, Mr. Mikkagak resumed his interest in drawing. Hesaid, “I enjoy doing colorful drawings, of people, animals, birds and especially the landscape. I used to enjoy hunting on the land, so that's what I draw. I've done a few drawings of shamans, although I've never seen one. They are stories, true stories, told by my grandmother.” Three of his prints were included in the fortieth anniversary Cape Dorset collection released in 1999. Since then he has become a fixture at the Kinngait Studios, working on drawings covering a wide range of themes and subjects, including an illustrated life history. He had his first solo exhibition of prints and drawings in 2010, and the 2011 print collection includes two of his images. In 2011, two of his images were printed for the collection: Ullaakut (Good Morning), the familiar greeting to all throughout the day, and Aqigirq (Rock Ptarmigan), considered one of the loveliest images in the collection, beautifully printed in stonecut by veteran printmaker, Qiatsuq Niviaqsi. Mr. Mikkagak lives with his wife Qanuak who is a carver and a throat-singer.
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