Inuit art: Walking Bear
Inuit Artist: Nuyalia Tunnillie
Size: 35" Long, 10" high, 7" deep, 120 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Every time I see a Mother and Cub piece, my heart melts.
The mother and child theme originally stemmed from Christianity’s biblical beliefs surrounding the Virgin Mary and Jesus.
But the sacred relationship between Mother and Child has been a central theme in art history for centuries.
I find Mother and Cub Polar bear carvings especially endearing because the maternal instinct is so primal that even the fiercest mammal on earth (the polar bear) would relinquish her life to save her cub.
In this scene, Nuyalia’s Mother bear is using her large mass to urge her cub forward while simultaneously shielding him from harm.
This sculpture is sensual and inviting. The opulent warm vanilla stone glows in the light. There is no harsh brilliance here only a cool smooth refinement that keeps you touching the stone repeatedly.
This art piece is large.
This is a departure from the medium sized dancing and walking bears that Nuyalia usually carves.
He proves himself to be more than capable in handling the unique issues that accompany large sculptures.
I think that most would agree that the larger carvings are more enticing. They offer opportunities (eg. fastidious details, showcasing spectacular stone) that the smaller carvings cannot simply because they have much less surface area to play with.
Nuyalia is famous for his bears, rivaling the great Master carvers Nuna Parr and Joe Kavik.
His affinity for bears has captured the imagination and adoration of collectors around the globe.
If you are entranced by this magnificent sculpture, be warned. Tunnillie’s art is very popular. I expect this piece will not be available for long.
I can’t think of any person who wouldn’t adore receiving this duo as a gift. As for collectors, the rarity of the large size combined with the poignant Mother and Cub subject makes this sculpture a must have for your art collection.
Mother and Cub is signed on the bottom by Tunnillie and comes with the Tag of Authenticity.
PROUDLY CANADIAN SINCE 2008
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Nuyalia Tunnillie (1987 - )
Nuyalia was born in Iqualuit on May 21, 1987. Being part of a family of carvers, Nuyalia began carving at the age of eleven or twelve. He learned by watching his brother Ashevak Tunnillie and his grandfather Qavaroak Tunnillie carve. Nuyalia is mostly famous for his dancing bears, but sometimes he also makes walruses, seals and birds. Other themes that he chooses to explore include human figures engaged in activity, mother and child, transformations, and modern arctic scenes.