8" Mother and Cub Bear by Master Carver Derrald Taylor

Derrald Taylor

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Inuit Art: Walking Bears
Artist: Derrald Taylor
Dimensions: 8" long, 3" wide, 4" tall (Mother Bear)
Community: Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories
Stone: Italian Marble
id: d-99821ijjy

***Museum Piece

With such undiluted joy and a sense of penultimate freedom, Taylor’s treatment of the effervescent white Italian marble is brilliant.  Sparkling in the dim, the sculptural forms undulate softly in the play of the light.

Taylor has earned a spot among the ranks of today’s top master carvers like Damien Iqualla and Ruben Komangapik.  His sense of motion, dynamics and movement are exceptional.  They are a testament to the talents one must possess to be considered among the great Inuit carvers.

Taylor’s pieces have toured world wide and have been included in countless publications, Inuit art journals, exhibitions and museums.


Derrald Taylor

Taylor has stated a preference for working with harder varieties of stone, such as serpentine or chlorite because it allows for a greater degree of detail in the pieces. Additionally he has worked with muskox horn, whalebone and marble. When beginning a sculpture Taylor’s method is to accentuate the natural shape of the stone and economize on material use [3]. Earlier in his career Taylor carved subjects such as animals, drum dancers and hunters, or things that he saw in his daily life. In the past he stated that he felt hesitant about carving Sedna and other Inuit oral traditions because he felt he lacked the understanding to represent those stories, but he has recently started to carve them [4].

Taylor has been a regular exhibitor at the Great Northern Arts Festival since 1998. He also participated in other arts festivals across Canada and the United States. Taylor’s practice is based out of Frozen Rock Studio in Yellowknife, NT. Recently the studio began a public workshop to teach visitors about carving techniques and the indigenous traditions of the region [5].


2002: The carving Our Elder's Ways (n.d.) was chosen as the featured piece on posters for the Great Northern Arts Festival.


1. “Echo Hanoche: Painter, Illustrator, Jeweller,” Nunatsiavut: Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage, accessed February 14, 2018. http://www.michnunatsiavut.org/echo-henoche.html. 
[2] Nathalie Helberg-Harrison, “Bobby’s Legacy,” Tusaayaksat, Spring 2016: 53. 
[3] Kate McCarthy, “Interview with Derrald Taylor (Tuktoyaktuk),” by phone, IAF offices to Yellowknife, February 8th, 2000. 
[4] McCarthy, “Interview,” 2000. 
[5] Kirsten Murphy, "Yellowknife stone-carving studio to offer public workshops", CBC News, last updated January 16, 2018, http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/north/yellowknife-stone-carving-studio

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