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Kavik, John

JOHN KAVIK   (QAVIK)

 

       Born:  1897       Male       E2-290

       Place of Birth:  Gjoa Haven

       Died:  March 28, 1993

       Resides:  Rankin Inlet; also lived in Baker Lake, Yellowknife

       Sculpture, Ceramics, Drawings

 

       " Kavik...is one of the most original of Eskimo artists, and he always works 

       the way the spirit moves him.  He works steadily and 'professionally,' his   

       objects are made for sale , but this does not detract form his art.  He makes

       things well, imaginatively and ingeniously.  He is a real artist...All of    

       Kavik's carvings are inventions and discoveries of images and activities; they

       have balance without having bases; they are ingenious without being  

       gimmicky; they are works of art and love."                                             

 

                                                  George Swinton, from              

                                                  Eskimo Sculpture 1965              

 

       EXHIBITIONS:

       November - December 1965   Arctic Values '65

                                                   New Brunswick Museum                             

                                                   with the cooperation of the Department           

                                                   of Indian and Northern Affairs                   

                                                   St. John, New Brunswick

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       1967                                    Eskimo Sculpture

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   presented at the Manitoba Legislative            

                                                   Building                                         

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       1967                                    Keewatin Eskimo Ceramics '67

                                                   Department of Indian Affairs and                 

                                                   Northern Development, Ottawa                     

                                                   Co-sponsored by the Junior League                

                                                   of Toronto                                       

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       April - June 1968               Eskimo Ceramics

                                                   Stewart Hall Cultural Centre                     

                                                   Pointe Claire, Quebec

 

       1971 - 1973                       Sculpture/Inuit: Masterworks of the

                                                   Canadian Arctic                                  

                                                   Canadian Eskimo Arts Council                     

                                                   Ottawa, Ontario

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       1973                                    Indian/Inuit Pottery '73

                                                   Department of Indian Affairs and                 

                                                   Northern Development                             

                                                   Ottawa, Ontario

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       April - May 1973               Sculpture by Angaktaguak and Kavik

                                                   The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art                 

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       March - July 1976             The Mulders' Collection of Eskimo Sculpture

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       January 1978                     Luke Iksiktaaryuk of Baker Lake: Sculpture in

                                                   Antler/Johnnie Kavik of Rankin Inlet: Sculpture in

                                                   Stone                                             

                                                   The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art                 

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       August - November 1978        The Zazelenchuk Collection of Eskimo Art

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       October - November 1978     Eskimo Art

                                                   Embankment Gallery                               

                                                   London, England

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       July 1979 - May 1980       Inuit Art in the 1970s

                                                   Department of Indian Affairs                     

                                                   and Northern Development, and the                

                                                   Agnes Etherington Art Centre                     

                                                   Kingston, Ontario

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       October 1979                    Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterwork

                                                   Exhibitors of the Canadian Arctic                

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       January - February 1980  Inuit Master Artists of the 1970s

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

       August - October 1980     The Inuit Amautik:  I Like My Hood

                                                   To Be Full                                       

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       February - April 1981       Rankin Inlet/Kangirlliniq

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       April - May 1981                Festival of Birds

                                                   The Arctic Circle                                

                                                   Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

       November 1981 - February 1982          

                                                   John Kavik: Rankin Inlet Sculpture/

                                                   Mark Emerak: Holman Drawings                     

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

       April 1982                           Sculpture Inuit: Stone/Bone

                                                   circa 1960-1979                                  

                                                   Canadiana Galleries                              

                                                   Edmonton, Alberta

       October - December 1982     Collector's Choice: 1965-1980

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

 

       January 1983                     The Face of the Inuit

                                                   The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art                 

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       May 1983 - April 1985      Grasp Tight the Old Ways: Selections from

                                                   the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art        

                                                   Art Gallery of Ontario                           

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       March 1984                       The Early Years - Fifties and Sixties

                                                   The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art                 

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       November 1984 - February 1985         

                                                   Stones, Bones, Cloth, and Paper:

                                                   Inuit Art in Edmonton Collections                

                                                   Edmonton Art Gallery                             

                                                   Edmonton, Alberta

       October 1985                   Early Eskimo Sculpture

                                                   Arctic Artistry                                  

                                                   Hartsdale, New York, U.S.A.

       November 1985 - April 1986 Aboriginal Rights in Canada

                                                   National Library of Canada                       

                                                   Ottawa, Ontario

       December 1985               Masterwork Sculpture 1985

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       March 1986 - March 1987     Pure Vision: The Keewatin Spirit

                                                   Norman McKenzie Art Gallery                      

                                                   Regina, Saskatchewan

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       July - August 1986            Keewatin Sculpture: Reflections of

                                                   the Spirit                                       

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       September 1987              The Williamson Collection of

                                                   Inuit Sculpture                                  

                                                   Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery,                    

                                                   University of Regina                             

                                                   Regina, Saskatchewan

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       September - November 1987  The Swinton Collection of Inuit Art

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       October 1987                    Recent Acquisitions of Early Inuit

                                                   Sculpture                                        

                                                   Arctic Artistry                                  

                                                   Hartsdale, New York, U.S.A.

       December 1987 - March 1989Contemporary Inuit Drawings

                                                   Macdonald Stewart Art Centre                     

                                                   Guelph, Ontario

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       June - September 1988   The World Around Me

                                                   University of Lethbridge Art Gallery             

                                                   Lethbridge, Alberta

       November 1988                Primitive Art from the Arctic

                                                   Arctic Artistry                                  

                                                   Hartsdale, New York, U.S.A.

       December 1988 - 1989    Im Schatten der Sonne:Zeitgenossische Kunst

                                                   der Indianer und Eskimos in Kanada/In the        

                                                   Shadow of the Sun:Contemporary Indian and Inuit  

                                                   Art in Canada                                    

                                                   Canadian Museum of Civilization                   

                                                   Ottawa, Ontario

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       July - September 1989     Mother and Child: Selections from the

                                                   Inuit Collection of the Art Gallery              

                                                   of Ontario                                        

                                                   Art Gallery of Ontario                           

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       January - September 1990    Arctic Mirror

                                                   Canadian Museum of Civilization                  

                                                   Hull, Quebec

       November 1990                Inuit Masterworks

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       November 1990 - February 1991          

                                                   Espaces Inuit

                                                   Maison Hamel-Bruneau                             

                                                   Ste-Foy, Quebec

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       April 1993                          The Art of Keewatin

                                                   Arctic Artistry                                  

                                                   Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.A.

       November 1993 - January 1994     

                                                   Contemporary Inuit Drawings

                                                   Muscarelle Museum of Art                          

                                                   College of William and Mary                      

                                                   Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A.

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       November 1993 - March 1994         

                                                   The Inuit Imagination

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

       May - August 1994            On Collectors and Collecting:

                                                   Selections from the Herb & Cece Schreiber        

                                                   Family Collection                                

                                                   The Art Gallery of Hamilton                      

                                                   Hamilton, Ontario

                                                   (illustrated brochure)

 

       November 1995                Inspiration

                                                   Four Decades of Sculpture                        

                                                   Marion Scott Gallery                             

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       March - April 1996            Major/Minor

                                                   Marion Scott Gallery                             

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

       SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

       March - April 1986             Sculpture by John Kavik

                                                   The Guild Shop                                   

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       September - October 1986    Johnny Kavik of Rankin Inlet

                                                   The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art                 

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       June 1990                         John Kavik

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       COLLECTIONS:

       Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

       Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

       Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario

       Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec

       Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, Michigan, U.S.A.

       Eskimo Museum, Churchill, Manitoba

       Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories

       Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

       McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario

       Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

       Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec

       Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

       National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

       Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

       Toronto-Dominion Bank Collection, Toronto, Ontario

       University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta

       Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

       Williamson Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

       Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

       SELECTED REFERENCES:

 

           FRAGMENTS FROM THE NORTH:  a Collage on Acculturation.  Arts

           Manitoba, vol.3, no.4, Fall 1984, pp. 26-28.

 

           IM SCHATTEN DER SONNE:  Zeitgenoessische Kunst der Indianer und

           Eskimos in Kanada. [In the Shadow of the Sun: Contemporary Art

           of the Indians and Eskimos in Canada].  Stuttgart: Edition

           Cantz.  Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1988.

       Blakeman, Evelyn                                  

           STONES, BONES, CLOTH AND PAPER:  INUIT ART IN EDMONTON

           COLLECTIONS.  Edmonton, Alta. : Inuit Art Enthusiasts Newsletter

           December 1-3, 1984.

       Blodgett, Jean                                   

           GRASP TIGHT THE OLD WAYS:  Selections from the Klamer Family

           Collection of Inuit Art.  Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1983.

       Brandson, Lorraine E.                            

           CARVED FROM THE LAND:  The Eskimo Museum Collection.  Churchill,

           Man.: Diocese of Churchill Hudson Bay, 1994.

 

         Canada.  Dept. of Indian Affairs and Northern Dev.

           A FACE LIKE THE SUN = VISAGE RADIEUX:  Selections... = Choix des

           oeuvres... [Text] by W. T. Larmour.  Ottawa: Department of

           Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 1973.

       Canada.  Dept. of Indian Affairs and Northern Dev.

           KEEWATIN ESKIMO CERAMICS '67.  Ottawa: Department of Indian

           Affairs and Northern Development, 1967.

       Driscoll, Bernadette                             

           THE INUIT AMAUTIK:  I Like My Hood to be Full.  Winnipeg:  The

           Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1981.

       Gagnon, Louis                                    

           ESPACES INUIT:  Dessins et Sculpture.  Sainte-Foy, Quebec:

           Maison Hamel-Bruneau, 1990.

       Grenier, Claude                                  

           SOME WONDERFUL, CREATIVE YEARS IN RANKIN INLET. = LES ANNEES

           FOLLES DES ARTISTES DE RANKIN INLET.  About Arts and

           Crafts/L'art et l'artisanat, vol. 5, no. 1, 1982. pp.28-34.

       Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

           COLLECTOR'S CHOICE: 1965 - 1980.  Vancouver: Inuit Gallery, l982.

       Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

           JOHN KAVIK:  June 16-July 7, 1990.  Vancouver, B.C.: Inuit

           Gallery of Vancouver, 1990.

       Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

           SCULPTURE OF THE INUIT:  Masterwork Exhibitors of the Canadian

           Arctic.  Vancouver: Inuit Gallery, 1979.

       Jackson, Marion E.                               

           CONTEMPORARY INUIT DRAWINGS.  Guelph, Ontario: Macdonald Stewart

           Art Centre, 1987.

       James, Geoffrey                                  

           MASTERWORKS OF THE ARCTIC:  An Impressive Summation.  Time,

           November 29, 1971. pp.12-13.

 

       Kunnuk, Simeonie                                 

           JOHN KAVIK'S SON, THOMAS UGJUK, SPEAKS ABOUT HIS FATHER AND

           HIMSELF:  Interview ...conducted in Inuktitut by telephone July

           6, 1993 and translated into English.  Inuit Art Quarterly, Vol.

           8, No. 4, Winter 1993, pp.26-30.

       MacMillan, Duane J.                              

           PURE VISION:  THE KEEWATIN SPIRIT.  Inuit Art Quarterly, vol.1,

           no.2, 1986. pp. 12.

       MacMillan, Duane J.                              

           PURE VISION:  THE KEEWATIN SPIRIT.  Inuit Art Quarterly, vol.1,

           no.2, 1986. pp. 7.

       Marion Scott Gallery                             

           INSPIRATION:  FOUR DECADES OF SCULPTURE BY CANADIAN INUIT:

           Curated by Norman Zepp.  Vancouver:  Marion Scott Gallery [1996].

       Muscarelle Museum of Art (Williamsburg)          

           CONTEMPORARY INUIT DRAWINGS:  The gift collection of Frederick

           and Lucy S. Herman.  Williamsburg, Va.:  The College of William

           and Mary in Virginia, 1993.

       Nagy, Hendrika G.                                

           POTTERY IN KEEWATIN.  The Beaver, Autumn, 1967. pp.61-65, 1967.

       Ritchie, Carson I.A.                             

           THE ESKIMO AND HIS ART.  Toronto: The Macmillan Company of

           Canada, 1974.  [London and New York, 1975].

       Routledge, Marie                                 

           INUIT ART IN THE 1970s/L'ART INUIT ACTUEL: 1970-79.  Kingston,

           Ont. : The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1979.

       Seidelman, Harold and James Turner               

           THE INUIT IMAGINATION:  Arctic Myth and Sculpture.

           Vancouver/Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 1993.

       Swinton, George                                   

           ARTISTS FROM THE KEEWATIN.  Canadian Art, vol. 23, no. 2, April,

           1966. pp.32-34.

       Swinton, George                                  

           ESKIMO SCULPTURE. = SCULPTURE ESQUIMAUDE.  Toronto:  McClelland

           and Stewart, 1965.

       Swinton, George                                  

           KAVIK, JOHN:  IN The Canadian Encyclopedia, James H. Marsh,

           editor-in-chief.  Edmonton:  Hurtig Publishers, 2:934, 1985.

       Swinton, George                                  

           SCULPTURE OF THE ESKIMO.  Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1972.

       University of Regina. Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery

           THE WILLIAMSON COLLECTION OF INUIT SCULPTURE.  Regina:

           University of Regina. The Norman MackenzieArt Gallery, 1987.

       Williamson, Robert G.                            

           THE SPIRIT OF KEEWATIN, N.W.T.  The Beaver, Summer, 1965. pp.4-13.

       Winnipeg Art Gallery                              

           JOHN KAVIK/MARK EMERAK.  Winnipeg: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1981.

       Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

           RANKIN INLET/KANGIRLLINIQ.  Winnipeg: The Winnipeg Art Gallery,

           1981.

       Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

           SWINTON COLLECTION OF INUIT ART.  Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1987.

       Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

           THE ZAZELENCHUK COLLECTION OF ESKIMO ART.  Winnipeg: The

           Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1978.

       Zazelenchuk, Stanley                             

           KAVIK:  the Man and the Artist.  Arts & Culture of the the

           North, vol. 4, no. 2, Spring, 1980. pp.219-221.  Also published

           in The Inuit Art Enthusiasts Newsletter 41: 12-12A, 1989.

       Zepp, Norman                                     

           MEMORIES OF JOHN KAVIK 1897-1993.  Nepean, Ont.:  Inuit Art

           Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 3, Fall, 1993, pp. 46-48.

 

       Zepp, Norman                                      

           PURE VISION: THE KEEWATIN SPIRIT.  Regina, Saskatchewan: Norman

           MacKenzie Art Gallery, 1986.