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 John Kavik (1893-1993), Rankin Inlet

“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 from 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, Eskimo Sculpture, 1965.

The Canadian Encyclopedia: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/john-kavik/