Inuit art: Scenting Bear
Inuit Artist: Isaaci Petaulassie
Size: 9" long, 5.5" high, 4.5" deep. Weight: 7 lbs.
Community: Cape Dorset
This is a spectacular and beautifully finished white polar bear by Isaaci Petaulassie.
What captured my attention to this piece was the share brilliance of the white stone and its stunning reflective finish. Polished to a mirror shine, this bear has an electrifying stature and will illuminate the entire room when put under a spotlight.
The proportions, facial features and perfect lines are all carved beautifully. This piece is no doubt a prime example of a what a perfect walking bear should look like.
The sculpture is signed by the artist.
Isaccie Petaulassie (1973 - )
Isaaci Petaulassie comes from a family of carvers. His father Etidlooie Petaulassie and his mother Mikluqtiktu Petaulassie are both established carvers and his grandfather, Latcholassie Akesuk is a famous Cape Dorset sculptor.
Isacci is a younger artist, his speciality is walking and dancing polar bears.
Issaci is a recent graduate of the Fine Arts and Crafts Metalwork and Jewellery program at the Nunavut Arctic College in Cape Dorset. His graduation work is now part of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association's collection.