Inuit art: Walking Bear
Inuit Artist: Isaaci Petaulassie
Size: 14" long, 7.5" high, 5" deep, 9 lbs.
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
This is a spectacularly and beautifully finished light green and yellow polar bear by Isaaci Petaulassie.
What captured my attention to this piece was the sheer brilliance of the stone's colour and its stunning reflective finish. Polished to a mirror shine, this bear has an electrifying stature that will illuminate the entire room when put under a spotlight.
The proportions, facial features and lines are all carved exquisitely. This piece is no doubt a prime example of a what a perfect walking bear should look like.
Isaaci Petaulassie (1973 - )
Isaaci Petaulassie comes from a family of carvers. His father Etidlooie Petaulassie and his mother Mikluqtiktu Petaulassie are both established carvers and his grandfather, Latcholassie Akesuk is a famous Cape Dorset sculptor.
Isaaci is a younger artist and his speciality is walking and dancing polar bears.
Isaaci is a recent graduate of the Fine Arts and Crafts Metalwork and Jewellery program at the Nunavut Arctic College in Cape Dorset. His graduation work is now part of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association's collection.