12” Drumming Dancing Bear Master Carver Derrald Taylor
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Inuit art: Dancing Bear
Inuit Artist: Derald Taylor
Size: 12" high, 8" wide, 5" deep
Community: Tuktoyaktuk, NWT
Stone: African kisi stone, Alabaster (base), Moose Antler (baton)
We recently discovered a new artist, Derrald Taylor. He lives in the Northwest Territories of Canada. The Canadian government offers little support to the artists in this region, so often the carvers struggle to find galleries who will carry their work.
Because of this situation, we stumbled onto a hidden gem.
Derrald is a “once in a lifetime” gift to the art world. Three years ago I met Derrald and now I can't wait for him to send me his magnificent carvings. Derrald is a masterfully skilled artist,
His carvings have a certain je ne sais quoi that is charming and inspirational.
Dancing Bear is playing a “qilant”, an Inuit drum made of caribou hide. For centuries, drumming has been an essential part of Inuit celebrations. Taylor has featured this sculpture in a posture of strength and profound pride as the bear prepares to forcefully strike his drum.
When the sunlight strikes Dancing Bear, the orange-brown Brazilian soapstone radiates energy and warmth. Each meticulously carved detail of the sculpture bears witness to Derald Taylor’s commitment to perfection. Notice the "braiding" down the backs of the legs, arms, and down the chest. This is one of Taylor's signature carving features.
Taylor's carvings are pure magic.
We are honored to be able to bring his passionate art to our appreciative Inuit art collectors.
Derrald’s sculptures are among the finest in our gallery.
See our June 5, 2021 blog Spotlight on Derrald Taylor.
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