Marcus Gosse

“Ocean Peace” (“Apaqtk Wantaqo'ti”)


Marcus Gosse


18" X 24"



Description: This painting titled: “Ocean Peace” (“Apaqtk Wantaqo'ti”) displays two lobsters(jakej) supporting their community, and connecting with each other spiritually. The three colours in the Fishing Shacks (Nme’jui’kan) resemble the beautiful colours displayed in fishing villages throughout Mi’kma’ki(Mi’kmaq Territory). Inside the lobsters are the Mi’kmaq Star, double curve designs and the Mi’kmaq Hieroglyphs for “Mi’kmaq Peace Forever”.

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.