18" X 24"
Description: This original acrylic painting titled: “Ocean Strength” (“Apaqtk Melkita'suaqn”) displays two whales(putup) supporting their community not only physically, but, spiritually. Inside the whales are the Mi’kmaq Star, two double curve floral designs, and the Hieroglyph for strength. The fishing shacks(nme’jui’kan) display the Mi’kmaq Hieroglyphs “Mi’kmaq Strength Forever” to show that the village are receiving spiritual strength and support from the whales.
Marcus Gosse (ᒪᕒᐠᑲᐢ ᐧᑲᐢ) is a Newfoundland Mi'kmaq Artist, and a member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band in Newfoundland. Marcus' grandmother, Alice Maude Gosse (maiden name-Benoit), is a Mi'kmaq Elder, who was born and raised in Red Brook, NL (Weibooktoojech) located on the Port-Au-Port Peninsula. In 2005, Marcus was given his native name Papamikapow, which means "Traveler" (He who travels, not only physically, but, spiritually) from an Ojibway-Cree Elder from Sandy Lake First Nation, Ontario. Marcus incorporates the ancient Mi'kmaq Star, Mi'kmaq Petroglyphs, Hieroglyphs, and various double curve designs into the landscapes of his paintings.
In 2009, Marcus' painting titled, "Seeking Mi'kmaq Enlightenment" was exhibited in a group show by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, and is now a part of their permanent collection. Since 2014, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in Newfoundland have acquired five paintings titled, “Visions From A Sweat Lodge”, “Mi’kmaq Caribou(Qalipu) Soup”, “Shining Bright” (“Paqtasit”) - Brook Trout, “Free Spirit” - Grey Jay (Whiskey Jack) and “Revival” (“Minua’latl”) which displays a Cultural Renaissance(rebirth) in Mi'kma'ki(Mi'kmaq Territory) through Mi’kmaq patterns and the eight point star. In 2017, Marcus was invited to participate, and exhibit 11 art pieces, in the Canada 150 Art Show at the Macaya Gallery in Miami, Florida. Marcus has participated in several art shows in Atlantic Canada, and his pieces have been sold to art collectors around the world.