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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.

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