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Fantastic dancing bear carved by Cape Dorset artist Mosesee Pootoogook
Fantastic dancing bear carved by Cape Dorset artist Mosesee PootoogookFantastic dancing bear carved by Cape Dorset artist Mosesee PootoogookFantastic dancing bear carved by Cape Dorset artist Mosesee PootoogookFantastic dancing bear carved by Cape Dorset artist Mosesee PootoogookFantastic dancing bear carved by Cape Dorset artist Mosesee PootoogookFantastic dancing bear carved by Cape Dorset artist Mosesee PootoogookFantastic dancing bear carved by Cape Dorset artist Mosesee PootoogookFantastic dancing bear carved by Cape Dorset artist Mosesee Pootoogook

Dancing Polar Bear by Mosesee Pootoogook

$750.00

Artist: Mosesee Pootoogook

Community: Cape Dorset

Year: 2017

Media: Serpentine

 

Description

This is a fantastic carving by Mosesee Pootoogook, an Inuit artist from Cape Dorset. This piece has been carved from serpentine, his preferred stone to work with. The stone has been wonderfully carved and brought to a high polish, allowing the beauty of the stone to shine. The bear is a slightly odd proportion but that somehow adds to the charm of the piece. This is a fun piece that evokes a joyful mood.

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 7 x 2.75 x 7.5 in

About Mosesee Pootoogook

MOSESEE POOTOOGOOK (MOSESIE; MOE)

Date of Birth: June 16, 1977 Male/Female: Male

Place of Birth: Cape Dorset

Mother: Ishuhungitok Pootoogook (deceased)

Father: Paulassie Pootoogook

Mosesie was born in Iqaluit Hospital but has grown up in Cape Dorset. His father, Paulassie Pootoogook, is a well-known Cape Dorset carver and his late mother, Ishuhungitok was an artist. Mosesie’s older brother Anakadlak is also a carver.

Mosesie began carving at the age of eleven. His father taught him to carve and sometimes they worked together making carvings. His favourite subjects to carve are dancing bears, seals, walruses and birds. He prefers to work in serpentine stone because it is softer than marble.

* Interview with the artist, July 1996, Adamie Ashevak, INAC

EXHIBITIONS:

Our Land Transforming: Celebrating the Enduring
Spirit of the Inuit
Arctic Raven Gallery
One Front Street, Second Floor
POB 2139
Friday Harbor, Washington, U.S.A. 98250
(brochure)

November – December 1995 Miniaturen
Inuit Galerie
Mannheim, Germany
(brochure)

November 1996 Small Sculpture by Great Artists V
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

June 1997 Singing & Dancing & Playing
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(brochure)

October – December 2002 Polar Bears: An Exhibition of Inuit Sculpture/Inuit:
(Online exhibition)
Galerie Inuit Plus
Timmins, Ontario, Canada

2006 Rhythms in Motion
Galerie d’art Vincent
Ottawa, Ontario
(illustrated catalogue)

November – December 2006 Arctic Miniatures
The Albers Gallery
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

January – February, 2009 Small Treasures
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia

December, 2009 Small Sculptures by Great Artists
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario
(illustrated brochure)

May – June, 2010 Polar Bears
Canadian Arctic Gallery
Basel, Switzerland

January – February, 2011 Small Treasures 2011
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia

May – June, 2011 Birds
Canadian Arctic Gallery
Basel, Switzerland

June – July, 2011 New Beginnings in the Arctic
Balzac Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

October, 2011 Stone and Paper
Cape Dorset 2011
Native Art Gallery
Oakville, ON
(illustrated catalogue)

January, 2012 Small Treasures
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, BC

June – July, 2014 Ursa Major: The Great Bear
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, BC

January – February, 2017 Small treasures
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia

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