Inuit art: Walking Bear
Inuit Artist: Bill Nasogaluak
Size: 13" long, 6" high, 6" wide, 14 lbs
Community: Yellowknife, N.W.T.
Stone: Brazilian soapstone
Bill Nasogaluak is one of the premier Master carvers of our time.
His body of work is centre stage and frequently featured in Inuit art publications. Unfortunately, he has limited his carvings recently so that when we do manage to receive a sculpture, it is always a Masterpiece. Our clients are thrilled when they see his bears in the gallery.
One of the last great bears to enter our gallery, was a medium sized emerald green Walking bear by elite Master carver Nuna Parr. No other bear has captured my attention until this beauty entered my gallery.
This Walking bear is perfection!
It is so obvious that Bill is an artist who is completely in love with the essence of the Arctic bear. He has bestowed a soulful strength on this particular creature.
The stone is an exquisite, difficult to obtain Brazilian soapstone. The colour is a fascinating mix of reds and oranges that is so alluring it takes your breath away.
The finish is smooth and delicious. The stone is pure; no flaws.
Bill has captured his bear in a moment of curiosity. Walking bear has stopped on the tundra to assess his next move. Nose uptilted, head turned slightly, he sniffs the air in search of food. Which way to turn? This bear is carved with detailed precision. His demeanour is serene yet alert.
This Masterpiece bear is so special, I photographed him using multiple angles in order to capture his essence. I just couldn’t decide which photos to use!
My savvy clients will be thrilled to see one more Nasogaluak bear in the gallery. Do I need to say it would be a centrepiece carving in your collection?
This beauty comes with the Igloo Tag of Authenticity.
Bill Nasogaluak (1953 - )
Bill was born in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. Bill said that his art was influenced by Michelangelo: “He could paint, and he could carve; awesome” (Nasogaluak in Mitchell 1996). As a child, he was painting, carving, and participating in art contests. Since 1992 he is carving full time. Bill was in a 1993 group show in San Francisco with his cousins Abraham Anghik Ruben and Joe Nasogaluak.
Bill Nasogaluak’s started as a graphic artist, but in recent years he has focussed mostly on carving.
In 2007, Bill Nasogaluak created inukshuk sculptures on behalf of the Government of Canada for public spaces in Guatemala City, and Monterrey, Mexico. He also co-designed the Territorial Mace of the Northwest Territories, which was unveiled in 2000. In 1994, one of Bill's creations was given to Prime Minister Jean Chretien by the Government of the Northwest Territories.