John Kavik, Previously Sold Artwork

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John Kavik
stone (12x8x4 in) circa 1967
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John Kavik

(1897 - 1993)

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Born in the community of Uqsuqtuq [Gjoa Haven] in 1897, John Kavik lived on the land most of his life before moving to Qamanittuaq [Baker Lake] in 1958 just prior to settling in Kangiqlliniq [Rankin Inlet] in 1959. He began his pursuit of the sculpture medium, working primarily in stone, in 1960. Kavik also started to make graphite drawings, and later introduced pencil crayon into his works on paper, during the same time period. The artist participated in the Rankin Inlet ceramics program, [the program operated from 1965 until 1973], creating tactile, figurative works.

The figure, especially the mother and child theme, groupings of figures and depiction of hunting culture, and occasionally the musk ox, are common themes in his stone sculpture, drawings and ceramics. His distinct style and direct yet sensitive use of line is minimal in nature but is infused with an emotional intensity at the same time. Widely collected, Kavik began exhibiting his work in group exhibitions in 1965, participating in over fifty exhibitions within Canada and abroad, and had his first solo show in 1986.

One of the best-known artists from his community, John Kavik died on March 28, 1993.


Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, Michigan, U.S.A.
Eskimo Museum, Churchill, Manitoba
Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories
Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Toronto-Dominion Bank Collection, Toronto, Ontario
University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
Williamson Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba