Massive 34 lbs 11" Sitting Bear by World Famous Paul Quviq Malliki
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Inuit art: Walking Bear
Inuit Artist: Paul Quviq Malliki
Size: 11" high, 11" wide, 9" deep. Weight: 34 lbs (it's massive!)
Community: Repulse Bay, NU
Stone: Marble (snow white with sparkles)
Paul Malliki had many prestigious commissions, including presentation gifts to Prime Minister Brian Mulrony and Jean Cretien, and the Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. In 2000 he was also commissioned to produce a carving of ptarmigan for the Official Symbols Project for the Legislative building in Iqaluit, and in 1999 was 1 of 6 artists who made the Nunavut Mace.
This is your chance to own a masterpiece by one of the top five Inuit artists in the world.
Please do not overlook this piece as a small or medium sized one. The dimensions in height do not convey this well. It is a very sizeable piece with much mass to it at a total weight of 34 lbs.
It took me two years of waiting before being able to obtain one of these precious bears from Paul Malliki. Rarely will you ever find one of his pieces on a shelf or in a gallery. This is because the demand is so high, and the supply is very limited, that they are mostly preordered well before they even make it to the shelves.
To state things as eloquently as I can, quite simply, Paul Malliki is the most talented and famous Inuit artist in the world ever to handle a chisel and knife. His bears are paramount and are owned by a very select few in the world.
I dont need to describe the beauty and detail of his pieces as it is synonymous by all collectors alike that his bears are the finest ones in the world. The realisme, the detail, the gorgeous white stone, the proportions and movement all transcend to the lifelike gestures of a real polar bear and is why they are considered to be the best Inuit carvings ever made.
Owning a bear by him is like owning one of those black AMEX cards. Now as funny as that may initially sound, this is how exclusive his bears are and if you are really looking to put that final "zing" to your art collection, or just want to make a single simple statement that tells the world "FUSE You!..., I KNOW my artwork", than this is the piece you must have.
Investment wise - Guaranteed to go up in value 5% a year and will be worth double in 5-10 years when he stops carving. NO EXAGGERATION. Use Pauta Saila as an example if you will.
PAUL QUVIQ MALLIKI
Paul MalikiPaul was born in 1956 in an outpost camp near the community of Igloolik. He lived there with his family until he was 10 years old. At the time, they moved into Igloolik, where he stayed until he was 20. His family then moved to Naujaat to be with his grandmother. Paul still lived there with his wife and 7 children.
Paul did his first carving when he was 5 years old. He learned by himself, by watching other people. “Mostly from myself. I’ve learned most things by hunting. By seeing what’s around me. When I hunt animals, I study them. All the animals that are around us.”
“People always want my work. My Father would be away for days hunting, trapping foxes. If I didn’t go with him I would carve to support the family, if I wasn’t out hunting myself, in the dead of winter”
Paul carves many different kinds of animals and faces, but has most fun with caribou. His work can be found in many private and public collections and is in demand at galleries across North America, including Fehley Fine Arts Gallery in Toronto and the Judy Birch Gallery in Virginia and Nova Scotia. He has had many prestigious commissions, including presentation gifts to Prime Minister Brian Mulrony and Jean Cretien, and the Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. In 2000. he was also commissioned to produce a carving of ptarmigan for the Official Symbols Project for the Legislative building in Iqaluit, and in 1999 was 1 of 6 artists who made the Nunavut Mace. He was also invited to participate in the sculpting symposium- Stories in Stone, and has been repeatedly invited to attend the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Associations annual Arts Festival.
When he is not carving, Paul enjoys working with his dog team, hunting, and building things. “Just about everything. I like my life.”