12" Bear with Fish by Lyta Josephie

Lyta Josephie

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Inuit art: Bear with Fish
Inuit Artist: Lyta Josephie
Size: 12" long, 6" tall, 4" wide, 8 lbs
Community: Iqaluit, NU
Stone: Serpentine
id: ndc-100-262993aacjy

Carved with great skill and refinement by Lyta Josephie, this stately bear invokes visions of the works of Nunavat Master carvers Jimmy Iqaluq, Pitseolak Qimirpik and Napatchie Sharky. 

Josephie is recognized for his fastidious attention to detail, and his ability to choose the most exquisite stone for each of his carvings; as if the stone was custom made. His depiction of Northern wildlife is celebrated within the avant-garde circles of Inuit art. Josephie’s Vision of the Far North is distinct, complex and richly embroidered.  His sculptures are the mainstay of prominent Inuit galleries and are praised worldwide.

In this instance, the expert bear “fisherman” triumphantly holds his catch in his mouth. Josephie has captured the unique power dynamic between fish and bear. The large salmon is desperate to free himself from his captor.  Who will ultimately be victorious?  

Josephie’s knack for choosing the perfect stone for the perfect carving is illustrated by the heavily speckled black and taupe marble of the bear and its sharp contrast to the luminous yellow stone of the salmon. The oversized speckles in the marble exaggerate the magnificence and strength of this spectacular sculpture.

This masterpiece bear will attract attention and admiration in any style of interior design, modern, transitional or traditional.

This piece is new and perfect.  It comes with the Igloo tag of authenticity.

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