Inuit Art

November 19, 2019

LOT 69

Lot 69

JOHN KAVIK (1897-1993)

JOHN KAVIK (1897-1993)
Lot 69 Details
JOHN KAVIK (1897-1993), Rankin Inlet / Kangiqliniq


11.5 x 5.5 x 5 in — 29.2 x 14 x 12.7 cm

Estimate $2,500-$3,500

Realised: $4,080
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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

The Stanley and Jean Zazelenchuk Collection, New Brunswick


Auger, Emily E. The Way of the Inuit Art: Aesthetics and History in and Beyond the Arctic. North Carolina: McFarland & Company Inc., 2005, p. 115-116


Like most artists from Rankin Inlet/Kangiqliniq, Kavik focused on the human figure in his practice; specifically “primitive” depictions of highly abstracted figures. Differing significantly from artists on the eastern side of Hudson Bay, artworks from this area have a truly authentic aesthetic that has much to do with the limited exposure to southern influence.

In 1976, the co-op decided to withdraw works by Kavik for sale, believing them to be too primitive for southern buyers -- to Stanley Zazelenchuk's dismay. Zazelenchuk championed the artist's work in effort to correct what he perceived as a serious misjudgment of a profoundly gifted artist.


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LOT 69

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