20" Voluptuous Dancing Bear by Isaaci Petaulassie

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Inuit art: Dancing Bear        
Inuit Artist: Isaaci Petaulassie
Size: 20­­­­" tall, 9" wide, 8" deep, 42 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset
Stone: Serpentine (fantastic brown)
id: jl-7782Lbbdj

This monumental work is very unique in that it strays from Isaaci Petaulassie's more medium sized format of dancing bears. Petaulassie is just as famous for his depiction of dancing bear as is the likes of other great artists like Nuna Parr and Joe Kavik. He has created an impressive body of sculptures depicting human figures and other animals as well, although, it is his affinity with the dancing bear that has captured the imagination of collectors.

This magnificent dancing bear shows Petaulassie at his best. His workmanship in the naturalistic portrayal of a bear is excellent, however, the truly remarkable aspects of this bear are its concept and its sense of balance.

Petaulassie has an uncanny ability to render both the massiveness and the quiet grace of the bear with surprising spirituality and form. The radical truncation of the bear's body creates visual ambiguity.

There is also a sense of visual tension in this bear as the sculpture is perfectly balanced despite looking quite precarious.

Isaaci Petaulassie is world renown for his dancing bears. He spends a great amount time perfecting the shape and movement of his bears in order to achieve the motions and strong dynamic. This bear is of no exception.

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