Isaaci (Isacie) Petaulassie

dancing bear Inuit Art Sculpture in Serpentine

Born August 21, 1973 (Cape Dorset, Nunavut)

Isacie Petaulassie was born in the capital of Inuit art, Cape Dorset. Coming from a family of talented artists, he inherited a certain talent that is shown by his sense of fantasy as well as in his technique. From a young age, the artist showed tremendous promise as a sculptor.

Petaulassie studied fine arts, crafts, and metallurgy at the Nunavut Arctic College. His graduation work is now in the collection of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association. With more than twenty years of experience, the artist supports his family with the help of his bear sculptures in white marble or serpentine stone. These are attractive and well executed, due to their remarkably precise and natural facial features for such hard stones.

The artist also has the ability to balance the bear up to 4 different positions. This ability to balance the stone on a variety of legs allows him and his admirers a surprising freedom of movement. A dancing bear may be able to stand on either hind leg, allowing the viewer to make the sculpture dance. Diving bears can dive with their front paws.

To date, Isacie has exhibited in various parts of the world, including Canada, Germany and Switzerland.