10" Striking Marble Two Way Dancing Bear by Tuk Nuna

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Inuit art: Dancing Bear
Inuit Artist: Tuk (Taqialuq) Nuna
Size: 10" tall, 8" wide, 5" deep; 8 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: Serpentine 
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Tuk Nuna is just as famous for his depiction of dancing bears and walking bears as the great Master Carvers Nuna Parr and Joe Kavik.

Tuk has created an impressive body of sculptures depicting bear figures and other animals as well, but it is his affinity with the polar bear that has captured the imagination of collectors.

This magnificent dancing bear shows Tuk Nuna at his audacious best in this depiction of his love of the “natural” bear. The facial features are innocent and calming but this softness does not diminish the fierceness of this polar “rock star”.

Of course the polar bear must be white but not just any white! Nuna has chosen an electrifying white marble stone transfused with veins of soft gray. This combination of marble strengthens the carving. There is a surreal flow of electrical power seeping through this bear’s limbs as he balances on one foot and then the other.

Instead of holding his arms close to his body, this dancing bear opens his arms widely, beckoning to the world. This pose allows the bear to express his strength and his power. The lines and curves of this piece suggest graceful movement even in one so large.

To be able to carve a creature with such personality and soul AND have it balance perfectly on either foot is an incredibly diifficult task for an artist.

This is why Tuk Nuna is internationally applauded as a Master Carver of dancing bears.

This magical bear would complete any serious Inuit art collection.
Tuk (Taqialuk) Nuna (1958 - )


Tuk Nuna is the son of Cape Dorset artist Sharky Nuna. Taqialuk learned how to carve through observing family and community members. He has since participated in various carving workshops and enjoys learning more about his art medium.

"… Tuk made his first works when he was 8. He became more serious about carving in his late 20's and carves today when he is not out hunting. His rounded comfortable style suits the animal and human subjects that so interest him."*

*quoted from Cape Dorset Sculpture, Douglas & McIntyre, 2005


Tuk Nuna Exhibitions:

2001 Small Sculptures by Great Artists, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON

2000 Taqialuk Nuna: The Artist's Hand, Inuit Sculpture Portfolio, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

1999 Horizons, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

1998 Sculpture from the Canadian Arctic, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON

1997 Singing & Dancing & Playing, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON

1997 Three Young Masters: Tuck Nuna, Turaq Ragee, and Toonoo Sharky, Loondance Gallery/Galerie L'envol Du Huart, Mont-Tremblant, QC

1997 itinraire inuit, recontrer un peuple travers son art, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

1997 Transitions: Contemporary Canadian and Inuit Art, Indian Affairs & Northern Development, Foreign Affairs, & International Trade 

Canada, Paris, France

1996 Small Sculptures by Great Artists V, Feheley Fine Art, Toronto, ON

1995 Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts from Dene and Inuit of Canada, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum,

Santa Fe, NM

1995 The Birds of Cape Dorset: A Collection of Scultpure by 32 Cape Dorset Carvers, Albers Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1995 Sedna: Spirit of the Sea, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON

1995 Canadian Inuit Sculpture, The Next Generation, Orca Aart Gallery, Chicago, IL

1995 Miniaturen, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany

1994 Small Sculptures by Great Artists III, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON

1993 The Theme of Transformation in Inuit Sculpture, The Isaacs/Inuit Gallery, Toronto, ON

1993 Kunstwerke der Inuit, CreARTion, Eppstein, in conjunction with the AGM of Association of Canadian Studies at the Hotel am Badersee, 

Grainau, Germany

1992 Scultpure Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, QC

1992 Inuit Sculpture - New Acquisitions, Pucker Gallery, Boston, MA

1992 Arctic Ice: Sculptures in Marble by the Artists of Cape Dorset, NWT, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1991 The Hand: Images in Inuit Sculpture, The Isaacs/Iqnnuit Gallery, Toronto, ON

1990 This is My World, Jordan Fine Arts, presented at Windmill Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

1990 Small Sculptures from Across the Canadain Arctic, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON

1989 Sculpture Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, QC

1984 Sculpture from Cape Dorset - The New Generation, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art, Toronto, ON

1979 Die Kunst aus der Arktis, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, at the Rathaus Foyer, Mainz, Germany



Inuit Art Centre, Indian and Northern Affairs, Ottawa, ON

Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet, NU



1992 Invited to give a demonstation of soapstone carving at the Snow-Goose Annual Mask Show

1988 Participated in the Third Experimental Stone Workshop, Iqaluit Jewellery Centre, Iqaluit, NU

1987 Participated in the Second Experimental Stone Workshop, Iqaluit Jewellery Centre, Iqaluit, NU

2005 Cape Dorset Sculpture FEATURED PAGE 65, 69


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