Two Bears by Mosesee Pootoogook


Artist:                     Mosesee Pootoogook

Community:          Kinngait — Cape Dorset

Year:                        2020

Media:                     stone, serpentine


The composition of the Two Bears by Mosesee Pootoogook from Kinngait is just wonderful. Two Bears is a fantastic example of the great skill of carver Mosesee Pootoogook. He captures a real sense of character in the animals he crafts. One can’t help but be charmed. This piece is no exception. Both the bears seem to be dancing, and full of joy. This piece exudes happiness and would bring joy to whomever adds it to their collection. Rock and Roll! A real gem.

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 1.5 × 1.25 × 5 in

Bio Mosesee Pootoogook

Mosesee Pootoogook was born in the 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. Mosesee’s older brother Anakadlak is also a carver.
Mosesie Pootoogook began carving at the age of eleven. His father taught him to carve, and sometimes they work together making carvings. His favourite subjects to carve are dancing bears, seals and walrus, and he prefers to work in serpentine stone because it is softer than marble.
Also known as Moesie, Moe, Mosesie.
Mosesee Pootoogook
Musee d’art Inuit Brosseau, Quebec City, PQ
2002 Polar Bears: An Exhibition of Inuit Sculpture (online exhibition), Galerie Inuit Plus, Timmins, ON
1997 Singing & Dancing & Playing, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1996 Small Sculptures by Great Artists, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1995 Our Land Transforming: Celebrating the Enduring Spirit of the Inuit, Arctic Raven Gallery, Friday Harbor, WA
1995 Miniaturen, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany

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