Archive for February 4, 2014

Artist of the moment…..John Tiktak

John Tiktak was a great Inuit sculptor of the figure who was from the Rankin Inlet, Nunavut Territory  region. John Tiktak was born in the year 1916.

Though he died in Ranken Inlet, John Tiktak grew up living the traditional Inuit nomadic lifestyle. In the 1950s he moved to Arviat, and began to carve. In the late 1950s he moved to Ranken Inlet to work in the nickel mines there. The mine closed in 1962, the next year he began to earn a living selling his sculptures.

Tiktak focused on the figure and became renown for his works containing multiple faces. I love these works as they represent the Inuit lifestyle perfectly. Many faces with various expressions carved from stone. The work could represent shaman or just a family.

The British sculptor Henry Moore, already profiled here was a big supporter of the work of John Tiktak.

John Tiktak was elected to the Royal Academy of Art in Canada in the year 1973.

John Tiktak passed away in 1981.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $60,000.


Artist of the moment….Jack Bush

Jack Bush was born John Hamilton Bush in Toronto, Canada in the year 1909. Bush was renown for his abstract painting style. Bush is also associated with the Color Field movement. Bush was  a painter and printmaker.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $750,000.

Bush grew up in Montreal, Canada and worked as an apprentice to his father for the Rapid Grip Company. Bush also took drawing and painting lessons at night from such nationally recognized painters as Edmond Dyonnet and Adam Sheriff Scott. Both of these painters were some of Canada’s best painters of the landscape. Below is a great example of Dyonnet’s landscape style.


Bush was not influenced by European art. Bush enjoyed the work of the American Abstract Expressionist painters. Bush was able to learn a great deal from the American Art critic  Clement Greenberg.

Jack Bush was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In this clip we view a work of Jack Bush at auction:

Bush worked mainly in acrylics.

Jack Bush  had a son named Terry that went on to become famous as a jingle writer and singer.

Jack Bush passed away in 1977.

In this clip we view a work of Jack Bush on the auction block!