Nuna Parr

Nuna Parr  
Inuit-Cape Dorset, 1949

Surprised Bear


Nuna Parr is among the most widely recognized Inuit sculptors alive today. His adoptive parents, Parr and Eleeshushe, were both graphic artists, and his brother, Epirvik, is a carver. A self-taught sculptor from Cape Dorset, Nuna has captured attention worldwide for his carvings of Arctic wildlife, most notably his large dancing and walking bears. His stone figures carry a powerful sense of vitality and he achieves flowing unity between the contours of each figure and the grain of the stone. He has shown his work in many museums and galleries in North America.

Nuna and his family have now left Cape Dorset to reconnect with traditional ways, relying on hunting and carving for their livelihood.