Dancing Walrus by Peter Parr


Artist:                    Peter Parr

Community:         Cape Dorset — Kinngait

Year:                       ~2005

Media:                    Serpentine, Bone

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A joyful Dancing Walrus by Peter Parr from Kinngait – Cape Dorset. This dancing Walrus is full of whimsical  twist and turns. The overall effect is a rompus romp of motion, blending the natural world with the realm of transformation. This Dancing Walrus by Peter Parr has come to us through a collector who bought the carving directly from Peter Parr around 2005. This  dancing walrus, carved from beautiful dark stone, with some  green/yellow green serpentine,  shows how Peter was influenced by his father – world famous Nuna Parr, and grandfather, the late Parr Parr; a famous graphic artists in Cape Dorset

Several years ago (2012), Peter Parr, 42, was pronounced dead at the health centre after spending several hours in the water clinging to a piece of ice. Parr, along with two others, were returning from the stone quarry in darkness and fog in the early morning on Aug. 26 when their boat capsized after hitting a piece of ice, stated police. According to the RCMP, all three men spent several hours in the water clinging to a piece of ice. A boat passing by came across the stranded men and brought them to their boat but they ran out of gas before reaching land and they paddled a short distance to shore. One man ran about two kilometres to the hamlet and called Cape Dorset RCMP around 9:30 a.m., stated police. When police arrived at the beach north of the hamlet, they found some of the men walking. One of the three men pulled from the water was found in the rescue boat in critical condition before being rushed to the health centre, where he was pronounced dead. You can read the full story on CBC here.

Additional information

Weight 2.2 kg
Dimensions 7 × 5 × 7 in

Biography Peter Parr


Date of Birth: July 31, 1970 Male/Female: Male

Place of Birth: Cape Dorset

Mother: Atituq Parr
Father: Nuna Parr

Peter began carving when he was seventeen. He enjoys carving animals such as walruses and polar bears.

Peter’s wife, Alasuak, is a carver as well. His father, Nuna Parr, is also a carver. Peter’s grandparents, the late Parr and Elleshushe, were both famous graphic artists in Cape Dorset.


February 1993 Inuit Sculpture
Gallery Marie-Louise Wirth
Zurich, Switzerland

October – November 1993 Sculpture and Graphics from Cape Dorset
Art Space Gallery
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

October – November 1995 The Next Generation
Orca Aart Gallery
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
(illustrated brochure)

October – November 1995 Canadian Inuit Sculpture
The Next Generation
Orca Aart Gallery
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
(illustrated catalogue)

December 1996 – March 1997 Beelden uit Arctica
Canadian Eskimo Art
Venray, Netherlands

February – April 1997 Stone & Bone
The Inuit Master Carvers of the Canadian Arctic
The North West Company
Held at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities
Ketchum, Idaho, U.S.A.

March 1997 Inuit and the Sea
Canadian Eskimo Art
Eindhoven, Netherlands
June 1997 Singing & Dancing & Playing
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

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

June – September, 2011 Bear Farandole
Kulik Art Inuit
Quebec City. Quebec

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