4.75" Emerald Green Dancing Bear by Taqialuk Nuna

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Inuit art: Dancing Bear    
Inuit Artist: Taqialuk Nuna
Size: 4.75" tall, 3.75" wide, 1.5" deep. Weight: 9.7 oz
Community: Cape Dorset
Stone: Serpentine
id: abj-6873I

This is a very stylish and beautifully rounded dancing bear done in a beautiful Emerald green coloured stone. Moreover, it is done by internationally renowned Tuk Nuna who specializes in dancing bears. His bears are famous worldwide and have participated in countless exhibitions (see below). This is what immediately caught my eye. 

The proportions and lines are perfect.

Tuk (Taqialuk) Nuna (1958 - )
Tuk Nuna is the son of Cape Dorset artist Sharky Nuna. Taqialuk learned how to carve through observing family and community members. He has since participated in various carving workshops and enjoys learning more about his art medium.
"… Tuk made his first works when he was 8. He became more serious about carving in his late 20's and carves today when he is not out hunting. His rounded comfortable style suits the animal and human subjects that so interest him."*
*quoted from Cape Dorset Sculpture, Douglas & McIntyre, 2005


Tuk Nuna Exhibitions:
2001 Small Sculptures by Great Artists, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2000 Taqialuk Nuna: The Artist's Hand, Inuit Sculpture Portfolio, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
1999 Horizons, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
1998 Sculpture from the Canadian Arctic, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1997 Singing & Dancing & Playing, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1997 Three Young Masters: Tuck Nuna, Turaq Ragee, and Toonoo Sharky, Loondance Gallery/Galerie L'envol Du Huart, Mont-Tremblant, QC
1997 itinraire inuit, recontrer un peuple travers son art, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
1997 Transitions: Contemporary Canadian and Inuit Art, Indian Affairs & Northern Development, Foreign Affairs, & International Trade 
Canada, Paris, France
1996 Small Sculptures by Great Artists V, Feheley Fine Art, Toronto, ON
1995 Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts from Dene and Inuit of Canada, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum,
Santa Fe, NM
1995 The Birds of Cape Dorset: A Collection of Scultpure by 32 Cape Dorset Carvers, Albers Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995 Sedna: Spirit of the Sea, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1995 Canadian Inuit Sculpture, The Next Generation, Orca Aart Gallery, Chicago, IL
1995 Miniaturen, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany
1994 Small Sculptures by Great Artists III, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1993 The Theme of Transformation in Inuit Sculpture, The Isaacs/Inuit Gallery, Toronto, ON
1993 Kunstwerke der Inuit, CreARTion, Eppstein, in conjunction with the AGM of Association of Canadian Studies at the Hotel am Badersee, 
Grainau, Germany
1992 Scultpure Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, QC
1992 Inuit Sculpture - New Acquisitions, Pucker Gallery, Boston, MA
1992 Arctic Ice: Sculptures in Marble by the Artists of Cape Dorset, NWT, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1991 The Hand: Images in Inuit Sculpture, The Isaacs/Innuit Gallery, Toronto, ON
1990 This is My World, Jordan Fine Arts, presented at Windmill Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
1990 Small Sculptures from Across the Canadain Arctic, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1989 Sculpture Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, QC
1984 Sculpture from Cape Dorset - The New Generation, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art, Toronto, ON
1979 Die Kunst aus der Arktis, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, at the Rathaus Foyer, Mainz, Germany
Inuit Art Centre, Indian and Northern Affairs, Ottawa, ON
Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet, NU
1992 Invited to give a demonstation of soapstone carving at the Snow-Goose Annual Mask Show
1988 Participated in the Third Experimental Stone Workshop, Iqaluit Jewellery Centre, Iqaluit, NU
1987 Participated in the Second Experimental Stone Workshop, Iqaluit Jewellery Centre, Iqaluit, NU
2005 Cape Dorset Sculpture FEATURED PAGE 65, 69

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