Last 7" Walking Bear by Late Peter Parr (1970-2012)

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Inuit art: Walking Bear     
Inuit Artist: Peter Parr
Size: 7" long, 5.5" tall, 4" wide
Community: Caper Dorset, NU
Stone: Serpentine 
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There are times at the gallery, when we ask ourselves, is it time to start our own private collection?

This is one of those times.

This walking bear by the late Peter Parr, is a monumental work. It is paramount in every category and that is why I instantly fell in love with it.

Like many young artists in Kingait, Parr began carving when he was a teenager. First, he carved simple inukshuks. His talent was such, that he escalated quickly to carving dancing walruses and bears. These were the creatures which earned him accolades in the chronicles of Inuit art.

Parr is as famous for his walking bears as the Master carvers Nuna Parr (his father) and Joe Kavik. Parr is also sought after for his walruses, but it is his walking bear that captures the heart of his followers. He has a keen admiration and understanding of the bear’s form and movement. Parr has an uncanny ability to render in stone the quiet grace of the bear juxtaposed with its massive volume.

A highly respected artist, Parr’s works are held in many public collections including the National Gallery of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

This particular bear is dynamic and lively. It is polished to perfection with a high gloss. Its proportions are immaculate and crisp. This magnificent carving is beautifully carved and stands with much grace and authority.

The striking brown stone radiates warmth. I have always been drawn to this particular colour of stone. It illuminates its surroundings and your attention is immediately captured when you enter the room.

This is one of Peter Parr’s last large walking bears.

He had a tragic accident in 2012. Full story here on CBC.

This masterpiece carving would be the star of not just an Inuit art collection, but it would have a majestic position in any art collection.

Peter Parr (1970-2012)

Alternative Names:
• Parr Parr
• Peter Parr
Name Institute City Country
Inuit Sculpture Gallery Marie-Louise Wirth Zurich Switzerland
Sculpture and Graphics from Cape Dorset Art Space Gallery Philadelphia USA
The Next Generation (illustrated broshure) Orca Aart Gallery Chicago USA

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