David Merkuratsuk grew up in Nain, Northern Labrador. He has lived off the land his whole life – fishing, hunting and gathering.
As a sometimes field guide and hunter, David wanders the wild Northern Labrador finding a random caribou antler, or a piece of old dried wood from a Kamutik (sled), and renders them with exceptional detail and line.
He has been making art work since a child. The animals and landscapes recalled as a youth, surface in his contemporary work. David’s drawings and paintings are a constant reflection of his Inuit culture. He retains within his work as an artist, a preoccupation of the natural beauty of Northern Labrador.
Working mainly with ink, watercolour and acrylic, his work is at once highly detailed and minimally rendered, reflecting very much the land he is from.
David now lives in St. John’s, but returns to his home in Labrador often.
David Merkuratsuk, Three Pitsik (small), 2023, Ink, watercolour, acrylic on paper, 12”x15” framed
June 10 – July 23 2023
11A Town Hall Road
Joe Batts Arm, Fogo Island, NL
Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm
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