NICK SIKKUARK (1943-2013)
Robert Kardosh, The Art of Nick Sikkuark, Marion Scott Gallery, exh. cat., 2003, page 5-11
Nick Sikkuark was one of the creators in the Kitikmeot region that shaped the image of Northern art, having produced some of the most imaginative and original sculptures to come out of the arctic.
After the phenomenal success of larger bone sculptures like Karoo Ashevak’s, Sikkuark was inspired to create his own works in whalebone, on a more aspiring scale and working with a variety of materials. Although he deeply admired and was inspired by artists such as Karoo, Ugyuk and Ullulaq, he was never an imitator. Sikkuark’s work differs immensely from the typical characteristics of the region. His approach is on the whole more natural and representational rather than abstract, while still bearing the tradition of humour and the grotesque. Though he rejects the prevailing techniques of the region, his effects are nonetheless equally commanding, leaving us with an image that is incredibly intense, chillingly realistic and utterly mesmerizing.