Dancing Bear by Johnny Papigatok





Artist:                     Johnny Papigatok

Community:          Cape Dorset/Kinngait

Year:                        2020

Media:                    Light Green Serpentine


This lovely small treasure , a dancing  bear by Johnny Papigatok is an nice example of the new promising carvers coming out of the community of Cape Dorset.

An adorable small carving of a dancing bear by Johnny Papigatok.  Johnny grew up among talented older carvers in his community. Yet, Johnny is developing a name for himself, as he is establishing a loyal following among enthusiasts for small carvings of dancing bears. This is another beauty.

Additional information

Weight 0.16 kg
Dimensions 2.5 × 1.5 × 3 in

Biography Johnny Papigatok

( 1989 – Present )

Johnny Papigatok was born into a family with a rich artistic background. His late grandfather was the famous Kububuwa Tunnillie and his uncle is the well-known contemporary carver Ashevak Tunnillie. His mother Komajuk Tunnillie and grandmother, Tayara Tunnillie, are also carvers.

Though his style has been influenced by both his uncle Ashevak and his brother Markoosie Papigatok, Johnny’s work has been evolving into his own individualistic style. Largely self taught, he prefers to work with hand tools and on a smaller scale than most Cape Dorset carvers. He creates a variety of subject matter: including figurative works and scenes of camp life with exquisite detail. Much like many of his fellow Inuit carvers, he especially enjoys depicting arctic wildlife in his work

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