7" Walking Bear by Ulami Tunillie
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Inuit art: Walking Bear
Artist: Ulami Tunillie
Size: 6.5" long, 3.5" high, 2" wide
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
This is a fine example of Tunillie verging on the abstract. His road towards abstraction is via the streamlining of body and shape while always maintaining the essential bearlike character of the object; its power, its ferocity, its bulk. When working on a small scale, Tunillie achieves this by exaggerating the bulkiness of the forms.
The elongated neck, compressing the torso into the realm of abstract, is a deliberate exaggeration by the artist to create further exhilaration.