This dramatic head epitomizes Kavik's style. Kavik has created a commanding visage with minimal details. The eyes and mouth are gouged out, leaving a prominent nose. The surface bears chisel marks all over. It was included in an exhibit entitled "John Kavik" at the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver in June-July 1990. A copy of the catalogue is included.
John Kavik | Head | 1985-1990 | Alaska on Madison
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John Kavik, Mother with child, ex coll. William Johnstone
6 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 3 1/4 in.
From "Tuvaq," by Ken Mantell: "[I]t is hard not to detect a certain innate sympathy in Bill [Johnsone]'s tastes towards the artists of the Keewatin/Western Hudson Bay communities . . . where artists like . . . John Kavik . . . wrestling with the often extremely hard-to-work local stone available to them come up with artistic solutions of the most startling formal and powerfully expressive character . . . . [Kavik's] much larger and apparently very early stone piece, Mother and Child, has a rough monumentality and quiet dignity about it that is very moving. pp. 195-7.
John Kavik | Mother with child, ex coll. William Johnstone | | Alaska on Madison
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