9" Majestic Bear by Bill Nasogaluak
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Inuit art: Scenting Bear
Inuit Artist: Bill Nasogaluak
Size: 9" long, 4" high, 3" wide
Community: Tuktoyaktuk, NWT
Nasogaluak was Walker's auction featured artist for their annual Inuit art auction being held this month, November 2017.
This is a gorgeous bear set in an exquisitely unique Alabaster stone. The chic charcoal white finish gives this piece a luminescent feel to its overall composition. For the avid inuit art collector, the uniqueness of the stone will really set this piece apart from your collection.
The lines, curves and proportions are exquisitely done.
Bill Nasogaluak (1953 - )
Bill was born in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. Bill said that his art was influenced by Michelangelo: “He could paint, and he could carve; awesome” (Nasogaluak in Mitchell 1996). As a child, he was painting, carving, and participating in art contests. Since 1992 he is carving full time. Bill was in a 1993 group show in San Francisco with his cousins Abraham Anghik Ruben and Joe Nasogaluak.
Bill Nasogaluak’s started as a graphic artist, but in recent years he has focused mostly on carving.
In 2007, Bill Nasogaluak created inukshuk sculptures on behalf of the Government of Canada for public spaces in Guatemala City, and Monterrey, Mexico. He also co-designed the Territorial Mace of the Northwest Territories, which was unveiled in 2000. In 1994, one of Bill's creations was given to Prime Minister Jean Chretien by the Government of the Northwest Territories.