Inuit Sculpture Taqialuk Nuna Bear Family
This sculpture, carved by Cape Dorset artist Taqialuk Nuna, depicts a mother bear with three cubs, perhaps in a defensive position. It is a charming work, showing the closeness of a bear family, with cubs of different sizes cuddling up with their protective mother.
Guide to Cape Dorset Artists, by Kyra Vladykov Fisher, has this to say about the artist, who was born in 1959:
“Taqialuq Nuna was eight years old when he started carving. Taq, as he is sometimes called, has taken many courses — from local prospecting courses to marble carving (in Rutland, Vermont) to a workshop on carving limestone with power tools in Holman Island in 1989. The courses taught him how to work on hard stone and how to cut and dig the stone without breaking it. When he carves a piece that he considers successful, he says, ‘it gets me back to nature. I love to carve bears when they are clustered together.; they look peaceful’. He is known for his groups of bears, usually five together. If he carves them on a base it is extremely difficult to get inside to carve the legs.”
This is a substantial sculpture: 16 in. long x 12 in. wide x 8 in. high.