Inuit Art Auction

May 30, 2017

LOT 139

Lot 139

JOHN KAVIK (1897-1993)

JOHN KAVIK (1897-1993)
Lot 139 Details
JOHN KAVIK (1897-1993), E2-290, Rankin Inlet / Kangiqliniq


signed in syllabics, c. 1975
7.25" x 4.75" x 2.5" — 18.4 x 12.1 x 6.4 cm.

Estimate $1,000-$1,500

Realised: $1,200
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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JOHN KAVIK (1897-1993)
  • JOHN KAVIK (1897-1993)

Norman Zepp, Pure Vision: The Keewatin Spirit, Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, page 45


This is the quintessential Kavik carving. A solitary and emotionless man standing squarely to confront his viewer. Norman Zepp describes the characteristics of a typical carving by Kavik, “Hands and feet are barely defined, if not omitted outright, faces tend to be stylized.” Interestingly, Kavik was born in Gjoa Haven - a community known for the forthright and unapologetic carving style of its artists. However he relocated to Baker Lake first then Rankin Inlet where after the nickel mine closed he began carving full time. “The intensity of the harsh but rewarding life Kavik experienced on the land appears to be reflected in his sculpture.”


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LOT 139

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
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  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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