23" Oustanding Brown Walking Bear by Nuyalia Tunnillie
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Inuit art: Walking Bear
Inuit Artist: Nuyalia Tunnillie
Size: 23" Long, 10" high, 9" deep, 24.5 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Done in a smooth and refined serpentine stone, Nuyalia persists an endearing sense of perfection while achieving a raw calmness of savagery. The glow and aura as a result from the opulent warm brown stone, creates added visual panache like no other.
This monumental work is unique as it strays from his more medium sized format of dancing & walking bears. Nuyalia is just as famous for his depictions of bears 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 but it is his affinity with the dancing & walking bears that has captured the imagination of collectors.
Nuyalia Tunnillie (1987 - )
Nuyalia was born in Iqualuit on May 21, 1987. Being part of a family of carvers, Nuyalia began carving at the age of eleven or twelve. He learned by watching his brother Ashevak Tunnillie and his grandfather Qavaroak Tunnillie carve. Nuyalia is mostly famous for his dancing bears, but sometimes he also makes walruses, seals and birds. Other themes that he chooses to explore include human figures engaged in activity, mother and child, transformations, and modern arctic scenes.