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Ohotaq Mikkigak, ᒥᑭᒐ

Settlement: Cape Dorset / Kinngait

(1936-2014) — E7-1009

Ohotaq was born in 1936 and lived in Cape Dorset (Kinngait) with his wife Haunak (Quanaq), also a well-known carver, and traditional throat-singer. His brother Pee is also an artist.

Ohotaq began drawing in the early years of the Cape Dorset print program, and his print, Eskimo Fox Trapper, was released in 1961. He became less involved with drawing as the community grew, working full time instead for various community agencies. 


Exhibitions

  • Canadian Eskimo Sculpture, Canadian Embassy
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *61, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Printmaking 1959-1989, McMichael Canadian Collection
  • Cape Dorset Revisited, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • Cape Dorset Revisited - a collection of previously unreleased prints, exhibited at selected commercial galleries, organized by, West Baffin Eskimo Co-op
  • Cape Dorset Sculpture, Eskimo Art Inc.
  • Eskimo Sculpture '69, Robertson Galleries
  • Graphic Art by Eskimos of Canada: Second Collection, Cultural Affairs Division, Department of External Affairs, Canada
  • The Abbott Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Jacqui and Morris Shumiatcher Collection of Inuit Art, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina

Collections

  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
  • Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City
  • Glenbow Museum, Calgary
  • Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
AN INLAND SPIRIT 2012-04 (April 2012)
AQIGIRQ 2017-06 (June 2017)
ESKIMO FOX TRAPPER 2007-04 (April 2007)
FACE TO FACE 2017-03 (March 2017)
FEAST OF ROE 2017-08 (August 2017)
FIVE MEN AND A BOAT 2020-06 (June 2020)
HESITANT BIRD 2008-02 (February 2008)
HIDDEN CARIBOU 2019-06 (June 2019)
LITTLE DEVIL 2018-11 (November 2018)
NOCTURNAL BANDITS 2018-05 (May 2018)
OWLS WITHIN 2014-09 (September 2014)
PURPLE OWL 2018-09 (September 2018)
SPRIGHTLY BIRD 2020-02 (February 2020)
STARTLED MUSKOX 2017-08 (August 2017)
THE LINE UP 2020-06 (June 2020)
THE WALKING HEADS 2016-09 (September 2016)
TOTEM OF OWLS 2010-08 (August 2010)
TWO HAWKS FIGHTING 2011-11 (November 2011)
ULLULIQ 2008-06 (June 2008)
YELLOW BEAR 2016-03 (March 2016)

Recent Auction Results

FIVE MEN AND A BOAT
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Jun 2020 — Sold For: $720
THE LINE UP
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Jun 2020 — Sold For: $660
SPRIGHTLY BIRD
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Feb 2020 — Sold For: $360
HIDDEN CARIBOU
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Jun 2019 — Sold For: $120
LITTLE DEVIL
Estimate: 1,000 — 1,500
Sold: Nov 2018 — Sold For: $770
PURPLE OWL
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Sep 2018 — Sold For: $240

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