John Kavik was an Inuit artist.
Based on ArtValue.ca records, John Kavik's estimated art value is C$20,000 (*)
John Kavik's work could be available for sale at public auction with prices in the range of C$5,000 - C$50,000, or even much higher.
ArtValue.ca has 146 auction art sale records for their stone sculpture results, with prices in the range of C$5,000 to C$50,000.
stone and antler
Dimensions - 48.26 cms x 60.96 cms (19 ins x 24 ins)
Lot for sale by Walker's Auction House, Ottawa
Wed, Nov 16, 2016
Estimate $18,000 - $24,000
Sold for CAD $41,300
Dimensions - 7.6 cms x 15.9 cms x 3.2 cms (2.99 ins x 6.26 ins x 2.99 ins)
Lot for sale by Waddington's Auction House, Toronto
Tue, May 30, 2017
Estimate $700 - $1,000
Sale price withheld
Waddington's Auction House Biography and Notes
The sense of community and joyfulness is evident in this small work, which is fitting having resided in the collection of Stanley and Jean Zazelenchuk for almost 40 years. During their time teaching in Rankin Inlet, the couple came to know Kavik "as well as one who doesn't speak the language fluently can" and thought of Kavik as a member of the family. Stanley, advocating for the undervalued aesthetic of John Kavik's work, wrote "In the fall of 1976, the Co-op manager ... refused to purchase Kavik's carvings...While I found his action difficult to understand, I did notice a local disinterest among the Whites towards Kavik's simplistic, child-like, often crude carvings. The consequence of this decision by the Co-op combined with my deep interest in Kavik's work, was that I committed myself to filling the void."