Posts Tagged ‘bears’

Artist of the moment…..Paul Malliki

Paul Malliki is a wonderful Inuit artist born in Repulse Bay, Nunavut Territory, Canada  in the year 1956. Paul Malliki is one of few Inuit professional artists living in the Repulse Bay area.

The artist is renown for his work with animals and the human figure.  He portrays them doing their everyday activities including smelling for food and hunting.

The artist loves everything about his life. Awesome!

He began carving to help feed the family when he was unable to hunt or trap. He constantly studies the movements of animals, even whilst hunting.

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Has been  part of the Arctic College teaching faculty teaching a sculpture class.


Artists of the moment…..Pauloosie Tukpanie

Pauloosie Tukpanie is  wonderful Inuit carver born in Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1960.

His father and brother were professional artists.

Pauloosie Tukpanie is renown for his work with bears. Working in stone Tukpanie is fantastic at capturing  the movement of the bear.

In this clip we view a bear and his reflection made by Pualoosie Tukpanie. A masterpiece!

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No more information on this artist, but more Inuit art coming soon!


Artist of the moment…..Davie Atchealak

David Atchealak was another master Inuit carver born in Iqualit, Nunavut Territory, Canada. Atchealak was fond of saying he made art by seeing his ancestors in his mind. He argued the fact that some critics might say his work came from dreams. The artist responded by saying that dreams are part nonsense and part real. Atchealak stated he works on every detail of his image as if it were real.

Like most Inuit artists Atchealak was a great graphic artist in addition to his three dimensional works.

price range information: Works range from prints from $400 to carvings costing $14,000.

The artist is perhaps the closest at carving a non Inuit style work. I love the eyes the most! Many regional artists just make slits for the eyes, but Atchealak has gone past this barrier and made them very expressive as well.

Atchealak passed away in 2006 at the age of 53 years of age.

Below a wonderful example of the artist’s whimsical and playful style with two dancing bears.

And here we have a work of a drum dancer by Atchealak. What an expressive figure and detail in the face!



Artist of the moment…Johnny Kataluk

Johnny Kataluk is another master Inuit carver born in the Arctic Quebec region of Canada in the 1937. Kataluk is a very prolific and some favorite subjects include birds, shamans, and bears.

price range information: Works range from $500 to $4,000.

The artist moved to the Cape Harbour, Nunavet Territory, Canada as a young child. Its a collection of Inuit peoples from all over the region. In the original camp at this location in 1902, most of the inhabitants died brought on by disease by whalers that came from Europe. It has since been rebuilt and has artists like you find in Baffin Island or Cape Dorset, but the area is less commercialized and many great artists are still relatively unknown, so time to get them some more attention!

Kataluk has been working as an artist for more than four decades.

Johnny Kataluk enjoys working with soapstone, limestone, and whalebone.


Artist of the moment….Paul Kavik

Paul Kavik is one of the best Inuit sculptors working today. Paul Kavik was born and raised in the Sanikiluaq, Nunavet Territory, Canada in 1948. Kavik is renown for his work with bears.

His father Davidee was also a well known sculptor born circa 1915. Below is an example his work with the face and figure.


Its very interesting to see the level or realism depicted in Kavik’s work with the face. Where as most Inuit sculptors emphasize movement and positive and negative spaces, Kavik also works seems to represent an artist that had studied at a major university or academy of study.

Part of major exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Germany.

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Artist family of the moment…lnuit artists Shorty and Simeonie Killiktee

Shorty Killiktee is an Inuit artist best known for his work with stone sculpture . Shorty Killiktee was born in the Cape Dorset, Nunavet Territory in the year 1949. His price range is $2,000 to  $12,000.

In this wonderful clip from Waddington’s auction house of Canada we visit a work for sale by the artist.



Simeonie Killiktee was born in the year 1973 also in Cape Dorset. Simeonie is world renown having exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Price range information: The artist works in many various sizes and prices range $600 to $5,000.






I only wish I had more information to share! Same day dear reader I will visit this modern day  art colony.  (In the summer of course!)