Inuit art: Scenting Bear
Inuit Artist: Bill Nasogaluak
Size: 10.5" long, 3.5" high, 3.5" wide
Community: Yellowknife, NWT
This is the quintessential Arctic polar bear. Nasogaluak has used his mastery to give this carving all the features necessary for the perfect polar bear. The eyes are small and perfectly positioned. The snout is substantial yet tapered. And of course, he has sculpted the mandatory powerful and muscular neck. The white alabaster stone is luminescent as it continually emits a soft light. This noble creature is perfect!
Every collection must have a polar bear carving.
The swimming bear sculpture with neck and head held above the water, always tugs at my heart. It immediately reminds the viewer of the harsh environment these animals must conquer in order to survive.
Inuit art collectors cherish their polar bear carvings.
This one is a must for a well rounded collection.
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 focused 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.