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Photo: John Kavik
Credit: courtesy George Swinton fonds, Winnipeg Art Gallery


ceramics, drawing, sculpture/carving

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.

Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven), NU

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 Kavik was a sculptor from Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven), NU. His carvings focused on the human figure as a central motif and have been featured multiple times in the Inuit Art Quarterly. Kavik has a rich exhibition history, having participated in numerous group and solo shows in Canada, the United States and Japan. His work is housed in major collections such as the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, ON, the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, BC, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, MB.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Inuit Art Auction Picks: Fall 2016 November 14, 2016 Inuit Art Foundation
Artists from the Keewatin April 1996 George Swinton
Inspiration: Four Decades of Sculpture by Canadian Inuit 1996 Marion Scott Gallery


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
FIRE+EARTH: Contemporary Canadian Ceramics 2002 Thunder Bay Art Gallery
FIRE+EARTH: Contemporary Canadian Ceramics 2001 Mackenzie Art Gallery
FIRE+EARTH: Contemporary Canadian Ceramics 2000 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Victoria, BC, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, ON, Canada

Edit History

January 29, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
September 12, 2017 Created by: Maddy Tripp