12" Hunting Bear by World Famous Lukie Airut

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Inuit art: Hunting Bear
Inuit Artist: Lukie Airut 
Size: 12.3" long, 9.5" high, 8.25" wide. Weight: 16.6 lbs
Community: Igloolik, NU
Stone: Marble 
id: adjj818000591

Everything about this piece is no less than masterful. The subject, the collage of stone elements in working together, the electric white stone, the stance of the bear, the movement, the etched in fur, and the realism of the piece are all reasons why this is a masterpiece of Inuit art. The talents and skilful detail Lukie uses allows the bear to have the realistic features of a true bear in its natural habitat.

Furthermore, Lukie is a brilliant artist and one of the most famous Inuit artists in the world. This bear is a centrepiece for any home, office or gallery like ours.

I truly admire carvings that come from distant communities in the North like Igoolik. For one, carvings from here are very unique and original from what you would see from other Inuit communities. Secondly, the artists here have a different culture when it comes to carving. Rather than attempting dancing bears or transformations, they strive to make their piece in a traditional manner depicting a sense of realism and natural habitat of the Inuit and animals of the North.

This bear is very unique but traditional to the Inuit culture. It is a beautiful piece and i did not hesitate for a second when acquiring it.

Lukie Airut (1942 - )

Community: Igloolik (born in Alanarjuk Lake)
Speaks: Inuktitut

Lukie AirutLukie (Luke) is a second generation master Inuit artist, he learned to carve from his father George Kappianaq. Lukie's younger brother, Bart Hanna, is also a well-known Inuit artist. Lukie originally started making sculptures to support his family as there were not many other employment opportunities in the community. Now he is a well established and internationally respected Inuit artist. He works with stone and whale bone. Lukie carves every day except when he he goes hunting and fishing to provide food for the family and community. Often he brings back stone and bone from these hunting trips. Lkie Airut Swimming Bear

Lukie attended Nunavut Arctic College, where he specialized in the fine art of jewellery making. Lukie's sculptures are very detailed and sophisticated, often multidimensional.


The Museum of Inuit Art, Mississauga, ON, Canada
The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
The University of Alberta,  Edmonton, AB, ON 

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