Ferocious and impressive
We had the opportunity to inspect and appraise some large and important Inuit sculptures this week for a local client, including this large and rare standing bear by the well known Cape Dorset sculptor Quvianatuliak Kov Takpaungai.
Quvianatuliak (Kov) Takpaungai
(b.1942, Cape Dorset Inuit)
Standing Polar Bear
Soapstone sculpture of white colour,
with handpainted accents for the eyes and claws.
Dorset Fine Arts inventory label #2790J affixed to the reverse.
Created circa 1997
Height approx. 55.8cm (22”)
Quvianatuliak is a highly collected artist, well known for creating large pieces. He has an extensive exhibition record, from 1970 through 1996, in Canadian and International venues including Montreal, Ottawa, Burnaby, Washington DC, Victoria, Kingston, Vancouver, Richmond VA, Hartsdale NY, Hastings-on-Hudson NY, New York NY, Chicago, Hamilton, Toronto, Boston, Charlottesville VA, San Francisco, and Santa Fe, NM.
The artist's work is represented in numerous notable public collections, including:
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.
Amway Environmental Foundation Collection, Ada, Michigan, U.S.A.
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
HONOURS, ACHIEVEMENTS and EVENTS:
1978 Recognition for Quvianatuliak's work amongst seventy-six other outstanding
Canadian Sculptors. All brought together in a unique slide presentation
in honour of the 11th International Sculpture Conference held at Ontario
Place in Toronto.