Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada
Ame Papatsie from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, is a passionate Inuit artist, story teller, tour guide, designer and illustrator of childrens’ books. Ame is famous for his technique of drawing simultaneously with both hands in perfect symmetry. Ame is a graduate of McGill University and Dalhousie. He designed many drawings and paintings, numerous logos, murals, tattoos, and computer graphics using images from his cultural heritage. He has also created sealskin masks and chessboards.
Ame has been an invited artist at the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association’s annual arts festival since 2003, and was twice invited to participate in the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, where he received two awards, Most Valuable Participant and Spiritual Artist Award. He is an active member of the arts community in Nunavut as the Chairman of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association and a board member for the Inuit Artists Association. In 2014, Ame participated in the Art Battle in Ottawa and, recently in the Panamania Art Battle, Toronto. He was one the six international winners and happen to be the only indigenous from the winners.