Nuna Parr

DANCING POLAR BEAR
DANCING POLAR BEAR
7655J
Serpentinite
20 x 15.5 x 7 in.
$11,200 CAD


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SEDNA
6827G
Serpentinite
28 x 24 x 6 in.
$16,000 CAD


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Nuna Parr

Nuna Parr's parents, the late Parr and Eleeshushe, are renowned graphic artists from the older generation. His brother, Epirvik, is a carver. Nuna has been carving since the 1960's, preferring wildlife for his subjects. Nuna and his family have left Cape Dorset for a more traditional lifestyle, relying on hunting and carving for their livelihood.

Nuna Parr is presently on the Board of Directors of the Inuit Art Foundation in Ottawa, ON.

"His interest in hunting and his regard for the animal life of the Arctic are directly reflected in his work. Nuna's rounded forms have great movement and a natural flow with the grain of the stone, as if both were made for each other. He has been carving for forty years and his work continues to be shown nationally and internationally."

-quoted from Cape Dorset Sculpture, Douglas & McIntyre, 2005

Also known as Noona.

Born on January 7, 1949 in Cape Dorset, NU. Nationality is Inuit

Exhibitions

2017 Cape Dorset Graphics (annual collection) (illustrated catalogue)
2011 Bear Farandole, Kulik Art Inuit, Quebec City, PQ
2011 Stone and Paper, Cape Dorset 2011, Native Art Gallery, Oakville, ON (illustrated catalogue)
2010 Polar Bears, Canadian Arctic Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2009 Arctic Wildlife, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
2009 Power and Passion, Canadian Arctic Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2008 Arctic Wind – An Expression of Naturalism, Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 Mini Masterworks II, Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, BC (illustrated catalogue)
2006 Rhythms in Motion, Galerie d’art Vincent, Ottawa, ON (illustrated catalogue)
2006 Second Generation Cape Dorset Carvers, Gallery Indigena, Stratford, ON
2006 Arctic Miniatures, The Albers Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 Cape Dorset Sculpture, Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, BC (illustrated catalogue)
2005 Contemporary Sculpture by Dorset Artists, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2003 Honouring the Master Carvers, Eskimo Art Gallery, Toronto, ON
2000 Nuna Parr: The Artist’s Hand, Inuit Sculpture Portfolio, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC (illustrated catalogue)
2000 Small Sculptures by Great Artists 2000, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON (illustrated brochure)
1999 The R.D. Bell Collection of Inuit Art, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
1999 Horizons, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC (illustrated catalogue)
1997 Stone & Bone, The Inuit Master Carvers of the Canadian Arctic, The North West Company, Held at Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, Ketchum, ID
1997 Singing and Dancing and Playing, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON (brochure)
1996 Tundra and Ice IV, Orca Aart Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996 Images of Our Past, Art of Man Gallery, (illustrated catalogue)
1996 New Visions, Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, BC (illustrated catalogue)
1996 Sculpture Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, PQ (brochure)
1995 Tundra and Ice: Exceptional Sculpture from Canada, Orca Aart Gallery, Chicago, IL
1995 Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts from Dene and Inuit of Canada, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM (illustrated catalogue)
1995 Sedna: Spirit of the Sea, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1995 Canadian Inuit Sculpture – The Next Generation, Orca Aart Gallery, Chicago, IL (illustrated catalogue)
1994 Wildlife and Nature in Art, Arctic Experience, Hamilton, ON
1994 Arctic Spirit, 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
1994 Sculpture of the Inuit: Major Works by the Masters of Stone, Maslak McLeod Canadian Art, Santa Fe, NM
1993 Small Sculptures by Great Artists II, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1992 Inuit Sculpture: New Acquisitions, Pucker Gallery, Boston, MA (illustrated brochure)
1992 Small Sculptures by Great Artists I, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1991 Animals of the Arctic, Arctic Inuit Art, Richmond, VA
1991 Cape Dorset Sculpture, McMaster Art Gallery, Hamilton, ON
1991 Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture Exhibition (First Exhibition), Vancouver Inuit Art Society, Vancouver, BC
1991 Cape Dorset Stone Sculpture: Masters and The Next Generation, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC (illustrated catalogue)
1991 Inuit Sculpture: Displayed in conjunction with the 1991 Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection, Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA
1990-1991 Espaces Inuit, Maison Hamel-Bruneau, Ste-Foy, PQ (illustrated catalogue)
1990 Traditions and Innovations in Inuit Art, Sculpture in Stone, Images of the North, San Francisco, CA (illustrated brochure)
1990 Inuit Masterworks, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC (illustrated catalogue)
1989 Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks, Presented by Amway Corporation At the United Nations General Assembly, New York, NY (tour) (illustrated catalogue)
1988 Nuna Parr, Eskimo Art Gallery, Toronto, ON
1988 Sculpture Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, PQ (illustrated brochure)
1988 Arctic Forms – Inuit Sculpture, Arctic Inuit Art Gallery, Richmond, VA
1987 The Swinton Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB (illustrated catalogue)
1986 Art Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, PQ
1985 Nuna Parr – Sculpture, Canadiana Galleries, Edmonton, AB (illustrated catalogue)
1984 On The Land, The Arctic Circle, Los Angeles, CA
1983 Nuna Parr, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, West Germany
1982 Sculpture Inuit: Stone & Bone, Circa 1960 – 1979, Canadiana Galleries, Edmonton, AB
1981 Cape Dorset Sculptors and Their Sculpture, The Inuit Art Collection, Mrs. & Mrs. James F. Bacon, Manchester, CT (illustrated catalogue)
1981 The Inuit Sea Goddess, Surrey Art Gallery, (organized to complement the Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal exhibit of the same name), Vancouver, BC (illustrated catalogue)
1980 Nuna Parr – An Exhibition of Recent Carvings, Gallery One, Toronto, ON
1980 Eskimo Sculpture from the Eastern Arctic, Ufundi Gallery, Ottawa, ON
1980 Cape Dorset, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB (illustrated catalogue)
1980 Art of Baffin, The Arctic Circle, Los Angeles, CA
1980 La deesse inuite de la mer/The Inuit Sea Goddess, Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal, PQ (tour) (illustrated catalogue)
1979 Sculpture of the Inuit: Lorne Balshine Collection/Lou Osipov Collection/Dr. Harry Winrob Collection, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC (illustrated catalogue)
1979 In Celebration, Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, PQ
1978 Nuna Parr, Gallery One, Toronto, ON (illustrated catalogue)
1967 Cape Dorset – A Decade of Eskimo Prints & Recent Sculpture, National Gallery of Canada, In cooperation with the Canadian Eskimo Art Committee, Ottawa, ON (tour) (illustrated catalogue)
Native Canadian and Inuit Art, The Great Canadian Trading Post Company, Windsor, ON (brochure)
Our Land Transforming; Celebrating the Enduring Spirit Of the Inuit, Arctic Raven Gallery, Friday Harbor, WA (brochure)

Collections

Amway Environmental Foundation Collection, Ada, MI
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, PQ
Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI
GE Canada Inuit Art Collection, Mississauga, ON
Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet, NT
McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton, ON
Musee d’art Inuit Brousseau, Quebec City, PQ
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, NT
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

Publications

MASTERS OF THE ARCTIC: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks. Ada, Michigan,
Amway Corporation, 1989.

Canadian Arctic Producers
NUNA PARR: Sculpture. Ottawa: Canadian Arctic Producers, 1985.

Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts from Dene and Inuit of Canada.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, 1995.

Inuit Art Collection
CAPE DORSET: Sculptors and their Sculpture. Manchester, Connecticut: The Inuit Art Collection,
1981.

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
CAPE DORSET STONE SCULPTURE: MASTERS AND THE NEXT GENERATION: August 17 –
September 6, 1991. Vancouver, British Columbia: Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, 1991.

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
INUIT MASTERWORKS: November 3 – 24, 1990. Vancouver, British Columbia: Inuit Galley of
Vancouver, 1990.

Settler, Faye
FROM THE DEALER’S VIEWPOINT. About Arts and Crafts, Vol. 2, No. 3, Winter 1978, pp. 24 –
25.

Affiliations

1999 Elected to the Board of Directors of the Inuit Art Foundation, Ottawa, ON

Credits

1999 Was elected to the Board of Directors of the Inuit Art Foundation, Ottawa, ON.
1980 Invited by Public Works Canada to submit sketches for low relief carvings to decorate the exterior of the parliament buildings.