Artist of the moment…..John Kavik

John Kavik was one of the first generations of Inuit artists to be known on a worldwide basis. John Kavik was born in Uqsuqtuq, Gjoa Haven in 1897. Kavik grew up in the traditional Inuit nomadic lifestyle eventually moving first to Baker Lake and then settling in the Rankin Inlet, Nunavut Territory, Canada. Kavik was a renown sculptor and skilled graphic artist.

A real artistic genius, many of the works are creative works such as a vase with musk ox heads. Some works are very modern in their execution when you look at the title.

price range information: Works range from $500 to $50,000. Many sculptures are priced in the $1,000 to $50,000.

As with most Inuit artists I love the resourcefulness of their artists for what they use for a carving medium. In some case the vertebrae of a whalebone. An example of this is the first image in the gallery.

In this clip we look at one of the sculptures of John Kavik up for auction.

Though I have yet to document an Inuit artist living to age 100, John Kavik came close passing away in 1993 at the age of 96 years old. No wonder he was so prolific!


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