7" Dancing Bear by Joanie Ragee

Joanie Ragee



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Inuit art: Dancing Bear    
Inuit Artist: Joanie Ragee
Size: 7" tall, 3" wide, 2" deep, 2 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: Serpentine
id: ahh-br10183

This is a beautiful dancing bear from Cape Dorset artist Joanie Ragee.

Joanie Ragee is a very well established artist and is recognized internationally for his dancing bears. His dancing bears are full of life and movement which is what attracts Inuit art enthusiasts to his work. 

This carving is new and signed on the bottom. An igloo tag of authenticity is attached.

JOANIE RAGEE (1986 - )

Date of Birth: May 2nd, 1986
Place of Birth: Iqaluit, NU
Residence: Cape Dorset, NU
Medium/Materials: Serpentine, sometimes marble

Joanie began carving inukshuks (usually young artists start with inukshuks since 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. They are all also famous Inuit artists.

He used to watch his father carve, which is how he learned. He is now famous for his sculptures, especially of large dancing bears. He works hard to ensure that his carvings are perfect and 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.

Cited:
Fisher, Kyra Vladykov. Guide to Cape Dorset Artists. Cape Dorset: Municipality of Cape Dorset, 2008.


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