Masterpiece Walking Bear by Bill Nasogaluak

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Inuit art: Walking Bear 
Inuit Artist: Bill Nasogaluak
Size: 12" long, 6" high, 6" wide, 14 lbs 
Community: Yellowknife, N-W-T
Stone: Alabaster
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The last great bear to enter our gallery was an emerald green walking bear by Nuna Parr. Since then, no other bear had interested me until now. In all its glory, the definition of perfection is this walking bear. Not a single flaw, vein or incursion throughout the stone.

Bill Nasogaluak is the premier master carvers of our time. He rarely carves but when he does, it is always a masterpiece. He is often at the centre stage of Inuit art publications with dedications of entire features on him.

The highlight of this piece is the gorgeous Brazilian alabaster stone. It gives an effervescent warm brown coloration that electrifies the entire room, especially when put under a light.

The complexity of its refined finish is streamlined to a higher order not often seen in most carvings. The curvatures and atomicity of its lines are breathtaking. The eyes, facial features and posture of this bear are heavenly. 

The smooth finish allow this masterpiece to transcend into an almost heavenly body where it wants to float away.

This piece is so spectacular, I had a hard time getting proper photos for it. Every angle was so spectacular, I just couldn't decide which ones to use.

Bill Nasogaluak (1953 - )

Bill was born in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. Bill said that his art was influenced by Michelangelo: “He could paint, and he could carve; awesome” (Nasogaluak in Mitchell 1996). As a child, he was painting, carving, and participating in art contests. Since 1992 he is carving full time. Bill was in a 1993 group show in San Francisco with his cousins Abraham Anghik Ruben and Joe Nasogaluak.  

Bill Nasogaluak’s started as a graphic artist, but in recent years he has focussed mostly on carving.

In 2007, Bill Nasogaluak created inukshuk sculptures on behalf of the Government of Canada for public spaces in Guatemala City, and Monterrey, Mexico. He also co-designed the Territorial Mace of the Northwest Territories, which was unveiled in 2000. In 1994, one of Bill's creations was given to Prime Minister Jean Chretien by the Government of the Northwest Territories.

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