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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


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.

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