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Photo: John Tiktak
Credit: George Swinton fonds, Winnipeg Art Gallery


bone, sculpture/carving, stone

Artistic Community:

Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.

Arviat, NU
January 1916

Date of Death:

Artists may have multiple dates of death listed as a result of when and where they passed away. Similar to date of birth, an artist may have passed away outside of a community centre or in another community resulting in different dates being recorded.


The Igloo Tag Trademark
The Igloo Tag Trademark is an internationally recognized symbol that denotes handmade, original artwork made by Inuit artists in Canada. Established in 1958, the Trademark is now managed by the Inuit Art Foundation. The appearance of the Igloo Tag on an artist profile means they have had the Trademark applied to their artwork.



John Tiktak was born in 1916 in Kareak, NU. He lived a traditional life on the land until the 1950s when he settled in Arviat. Tiktak began carving on a full-time basis in 1962. His carving style is decidedly minimal, often depicting scenes of mothers with children, monumental heads, solitary figures and grouped faces. He was the first Inuit artist to be the subject of a solo exhibition, "Tiktak: Sculptor from Rankin Inlet, N.W.T." (1970), Winnipeg Art Gallery, and in 1973 he was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Noah Tiktak Shares His Father’s Legacy Spring 2018 Inuit Art Foundation
Paving the Way Forward; Tiktak: An Artist and His Work Winter 2017 John Geoghegan
Sanattiaqsimajut: Inuit Art from the Carleton University Art Gallery Collection 2009 Sandra Dyck, McMaster, Susan McMaster, McMaster, Morel


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Inspiration Nov 1995 Marion Scott Gallery
Tundra & Ice May - July 1995 Orca Art Gallery
Share the Vision May - June 1994 Art Space Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 1973 Royal Canadian Acadamy of Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada

Edit History

January 25, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
September 12, 2017 Created by: Sarah-Mecca Abdourahman Updated by: Inuit Art Foundation