In 1970, John Tiktak became the first Inuit artist to be represented in a solo exhibition. Fifty of his sculptures were featured in an exhibition curated by George Swinton at the University of Manitoba’s Gallery 1.1.1. A number of these are now among the 36 sculptures by Tiktak in the WAG Collection. Swinton compared the artist’s sensitive abstractions to those of British sculptor, Henry Moore. Tiktak’s primal forms are almost exclusively concerned with the human form and are characterized by an economy of shape and line. His earliest carvings, beginning in 1963, have elegantly smooth surfaces and curved lines and volumes. Later works, often clusters of heads, were closer to the aesthetic of the other great Rankin Inlet sculptor, John Kavik, with rough, more expressionistic forms.