Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

John Tiktak

RCA

Inuit

Rankin Inlet, Nunavut Territory, Canada

(1916-1981)


“At first a hunter, [Tiktak] moved to Rankin Inlet in 1958 to work at the nickel mine. The mine closed in 1962, and he took up carving ‘professionally’ in 1963, having previously carved ‘small sculptures representing Eskimo faces’ that he sold as souvenirs. His work, dating back to 1961, is in every museum and major private collection of Inuit art. His personal style, with its rounded shapes and hollows, has definite affinity with Henry Moore [British sculptor, 1898-1986], who admired Tiktak’s work greatly. Like Moore, he is an icon maker, producing form and symbols rather than subject matter.”


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