14" White Marble Dancing Bear by Joanie Ragee
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Inuit art: Dancing Bear
Inuit Artist: Joanie Ragee
Size: 14" high, 11" wide, 6.5" deep. Weight: 24 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset
Fantastic movements. Beautiful white marble colour! Big and heavy! 24 lbs!
Raegee's's whimsy and playful approach to his bears have earned him a strong and distinguished reputation as an artist.
This magnificent dancing bear shows Ragee at his audacious best. His workmanship in the naturalistic portrayal of a bear is excellent, but the truly remarkable aspects of this bear is its concept and its sense of balance.
Both the vibrancy and purity of the white stone create a tenuous dilemma from within; though the overall intensity allows certain compromise from both.
His dancing bears are recognized internationally and have been heralded in various exhibitions around the world.. His dancing bears are full of life with much movement. This is what attracts Inuit art enthusiasts to his works.
JOANIE RAGEE (1986 - )
Date of Birth: May 2nd,1986
Place of Birth: Iqaluit
Residence: Cape Dorset
Medium/Materials: serpentine, sometimes marble
Joanie began carving inukshuks (usually young artists start with inukshuks, they are the easiest to carve) at the age of 12 and has since developed an affinity towards carving animals. His favourite subject is the polar bear. Joanie’s polar bears are realistically carved, with a good sense of mass and movement.
Joanie’s father is Nowdlak Noah from Iqaluit. His biological brother is Siutiapiq Ragee, and uncles are Toonoo Sharky and Napachie Sharky (all are also famous Inuit artists).
He used to watch his father and others carve, which is how he learned, by observing them. He loves carving. He is now famous for his sculptures, especially large dancing bears. He works hard to ensure that his carvings are nice and to make his carvings realistic.
Joanie is still considered young but has talents that are as good as any seasoned professional artist. Joanie’s bears can be found in all major Inuit art galleries.
Fisher, Kyra Vladykov. Guide to Cape Dorset Artists. Cape Dorset: Municipality of Cape Dorset, 2008.