12" Charging Bull by World Famous Manasie Akpaliapik
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Inuit art: Charging Bull
Inuit Artist: Manasie Akpaliapik
Size: 12" long, 9" high, 5" wide. Weight: 12.6 lbs
Community: Arctic Bay, NU
Stone: Wonder Stone
I can say with absolute confidence, that this is the first bull carving we have had in our Inuit art gallery! This is a momentous occasion for many reasons.
First and foremost, this powerful and exhilarating sculpture is the result of a request by our gallery to commission Master carver Manasie Akpaliapik. It is the first time I have made such a request to Manasie who is one of the top three Master Carvers in the world.
This bull is a graduation gift to a young Canadian who recently began work on Wall Street as an investment banker. His parents wanted to give him an iconic symbol of his profession but also wanted him to have a Canadian reminder of his roots.
Manasie was excited to take on the challenge and I think you will agree that he has exceeded all expectations.
In the finance industry, the bull is the symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity. Manasie’s bull is not overtly aggressive or dangerous. His demeanour is quiet strength. A resolute attitude to move forward. Nothing will stop this powerful beast!
Manasie chose this soft mossy green coloured stone. Its matte finish gives the observer the impression that if you touched the carving you would feel a coarse soft hide. The horns, the eyes, the intricately carved tail; every detail has been attended to in this captivating piece.
To understand the servitude and significance of Manassie to Canadian art, the National Gallery of Canada devoted one of his pieces centre stage to the inuit pavilion. The inlaid eyes are Manasie's raison d'etre and contribution to the Inuit art world.
There is no artist that has mastered the gruelling technique to achieve finesse and grace quite like Manasie. Fitting them into the stone takes much experience and skill. It is the eye catching colors of the eyes that bring his pieces to life.
Manasie Akpaliapik had many prestigious commissions, including a commision to the National Art museum of Canada. He is in the premier elite circle of not just master carvers, but premier master carvers. Him, Paul Maliki and Abraham Ruben share equally this title at the moment.