Photo: John Kurok
Credit: Michael Nelson Productions


drawing, printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU

Date of Birth:

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Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU



John Kurok is an artist from Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU, who works primarily as a ceramicist. He first began working with clay in high school and was soon instructing others in a variety of ceramic programs. Kurok’s practice has also expanded to include detailed and finely crafted stencil prints in 2002. Kurok's work has been exhibited at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, MB, the Esker Foundation in Calgary, AB, the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, ON, the Cerny Collection in Bern, Switzerland, among many others throughout Canada and internationally. Most recently his work was exhibited in the traveling show, Earthlings organized by the Esker Foundation, Calgary, AB. Kurok’s work is also included in major collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Ceramics from Rankin Inlet December 3, 2018 Heidi McKenzie
Northern Visions: Contemporary Inuit Art Ceramics Winter 2018 Sarah Chate
Group Effort: Collaborative Works Winter 2018 Inuit Art Quarterly


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Northern Visions June - Sept 2017 Gardiner Museum
Earthlings Jan 21 - May 7, 2017 Esker Foundation
The Matchbox Gallery: A Retrospective April 2014 Museum of Inuit Art

Public Collections

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Collection Location
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada