Nuna Parr

Heritage — Inuit

Nuna Parr is an established Inuit artist who was born in Ikirasaq, Nunavut in January 1949. He now resides in Cape Dorsett on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada.

Nuna is a self-taught artist who began carving at the age of 8. Working mostly in stone, Nuna creates large, strong, simple sculptural forms. His favourite subject matter is polar bears (walking and dancing), ravens, walruses and human figures. Nuna Parr’s bears are one of the most sought-after art commodities from Cape Dorsett. It is their size, sense of movement and vigour that make them so desirable. Nuna is renowned nationally and internationally for his dancing and walking bears.

Nuna Parr has an impressive exhibition record. His work has been shown widely in group and solo exhibitions in Canada, the US, France and Germany. His creations can be found in public and private collections around the world.

In addition to being a full time carver, Nuna Parr serves as a board member of the Inuit Art Foundation.