Inuit art: White Dancing Bear
Inuit Artist: Jimmy Iqaluq
Size: 6" high, 2.75" wide, 9.8 oz
Community: Sanikiluaq, NU
Stone: Argillite and white polished antler
Museum quality sculpture!
In this rather rudimental piece, Jimmy Iqaluq carves out the subtle nuances of this bear which later iconifies it into a masterpiece of nostalgia and timelessness. This has become one of the galleries most prized pieces.
The dimensions of this piece are arguably small, however, its spirit and soul are so immense. It is very unique and is carved by one of the greatest Inuit artists in the world.
Angular, quietly expressive in movement as well as in facial features, contemplative; these are all typical attributes of Iqaluq’s works.
This is an exceptional piece by world famous Jimmy Iqaluq. What makes
Iqaluq a master artist is the fact that he always creates unique pieces where you can see his soul and spirit poured into it. This white bear is no exception.
The detail, proportions and colouring are all exquisite. It is of a calibre to be in a museum. The originality of this piece make it an incredible piece of art.
The carving is signed on the bottom and comes with an igloo tag.
Jimmy Iqaluq (1947 - )
"An exhibition of art by Jimmy Iqaluq of Sanikiluaq", Indian and Inuit Art Gallery in the offices of the federal department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Hull, Ontario, Canada, 2005
"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, New Mexico, USA, 1995
"Belcher Island Sculpture", Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, Canada, 1980
"Belcher Island Sculpture", Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1981
"Sculpture from Belcher Islands", Images of the North, San Francisco, California, USA, 1981
"Belcher Island Community Sculpture", The Raven Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 1981
"Baffin Images", Orca Aart, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1989
"Kunstwerke der Inuit", Presented by CreARTion, Eppstein in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of Canadian Studies at the Hotel am Badersee, Grainau, Germany, 1993
"Share the Vision", Philadelphians Collect Inuit Art, Art Space Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 1994
"Miniaturen", Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany, 1998