About John Kurok
One of the younger ceramists working with the Matchbox Gallery, Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), John Kurok has been working with the gallery since he was in junior high school. An artist whose skills in drawing were apparent even as a young teenager, he began working full-time as a ceramist in 1996. Kurok’s work reflects the inner focus of younger artists who have not grown up in a land-based tradition. An Inuk artist very much rooted in the contemporary world, his ceramic works deal with states of mind, rather than experiences drawn from the past.
In Kurok’s works, the story is often secondary. The emphasis is on the relationship of the forms, and the visual movements created by those forms over the surface of the vase. Most of his work uses the human face as a base for his creative expression.
Kurok has presented his works at the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo; Cerny Inuit Collection, Bern; and in arts festivals throughout Nunavut, southern Canada, and the United States. His work is included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and the Museum of Inuit Art, Toronto.