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Parr, Nuna

Born:  January 7, 1949       Male       E7-764

       Resides:  Cape Dorset

       Sculpture

 

      Nuna'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 1960s, preferring wildlife for his subjects.  Nuna and his 

       family have left Cape Dorset to live a more traditional lifestyle, relying on

       hunting and carving for their livelihood.                                    

 

       EXHIBITIONS:

       January - Feb 1967          Cape Dorset - A Decade of Eskimo

                                                   Prints & Recent Sculpture                        

                                                   National Gallery of Canada,                       

                                                   in cooperation with the Canadian                 

                                                   Eskimo Art Committee                             

                                                   Ottawa, Ontario

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       March - April 1979            Sculpture of the Inuit: Lorne Balshine

                                                   Collection/Lou Osipov Collection/                

                                                   Dr. Harry Winrob Collection                      

                                                   Surrey Art Gallery                               

                                                   Surrey, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       November - Dec 1979      In Celebration

                                                   Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec                  

                                                   Montreal, Quebec

       1980                                   Eskimo Sculpture from the Eastern Arctic

                                                   Ufundi Gallery                                   

                                                   Ottawa, Ontario

 

       January - March 1980      Cape Dorset

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       April 1980                          Art of Baffin

                                                   The Arctic Circle                                

                                                   Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

       Sep - October 1980           La deesse inuite de la mer/The Inuit Sea Goddess                                          

                                                   Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal                 

                                                   Montreal, Quebec

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       1981                                   Cape Dorset Sculptors and Their Sculpture

                                                   The Inuit Art Collection                         

                                                   Mr. and Mrs. James F. Bacon                      

                                                   Manchester, Connecticut, U.S.A.

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       October - Nov 1981          The Inuit Sea Goddess

                                                   Surrey Art Gallery,                              

                                                   (organized to complement the Musee               

                                                   des beaux-arts de Montreal exhibit               

                                                   of the same name)                                

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       April 1982                          Sculpture Inuit: Stone/Bone

                                                   circa 1960-1979                                  

                                                   Canadiana Galleries                              

                                                   Edmonton, Alberta

       Sep - October 1984          On the Land

                                                   The Arctic Circle                                

                                                   Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

       Dec 1984 - Feb 1985      The Last and First Eskimos

                                                   Museum of Science and History                    

                                                   Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.

       Nov - Dec 1986                 Art Inuit

                                                   Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec                  

                                                   Montreal, Quebec

       Sep - November 1987     The Swinton Collection of Inuit Art

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       March 1988                       Arctic Forms - Inuit Sculpture

                                                   Arctic Inuit Art Gallery                         

                                                   Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.

       November - Dec 1988      Sculpture Inuit

                                                   Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec                  

                                                   Montreal, Quebec

                                                   (illustrated brochure)

       June 1989                          Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition

                                                   of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks                

                                                   Presented by the Amway Corporation               

                                                   at the United Nations General Assembly           

                                                   New York, New York, U.S.A.

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       August 1990                      Traditions and Innovations in Inuit Art

                                                   Sculpture in Stone                                

                                                   Images of the North                              

                                                   San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

                                                   (illustrated brochure)

       November 1990                Inuit Masterworks

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       Nov 1990 - Feb 1991       Espaces Inuit

                                                   Maison Hamel-Bruneau                             

                                                   Ste-Foy, Quebec

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       February 1991                   Animals of the Arctic

                                                   Arctic Inuit Art                                  

                                                   Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.

       February - March 1991    Cape Dorset Sculpture

                                                   McMaster Art Gallery                             

                                                   Hamilton, Ontario

       February - June 1991       Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture

                                                   Exhibition (first exhibition)                    

                                                   Vancouver Inuit Art Society                      

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

       August - Sep 1991           Cape Dorset Stone Sculpture: Masters

                                                   & the Next Generation                            

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       November - Dec 1991      Inuit Sculpture:  Displayed in Conjunction with

                                                   the 1991 Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection  

                                                   Muscarelle Museum of Art                         

                                                   Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A.

       November - Dec 1992      Inuit Sculpture--New Acquisitions

                                                   Pucker Gallery                                   

                                                   Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

                                                   (illustrated brochure)

       December 1992               Small Sculptures by Great Artists I

                                                   Feheley Fine Arts                                

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       December 1993               Small Sculptures by Great Artists II

                                                   Feheley Fine Arts                                

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

 

       March - April 1994            Wildlife and Nature in Art

                                                   Arctic Experience                                

                                                   Hamilton, Ontario

       July 1994                            Arctic Spirit

                                                   35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art                   

                                                   Frye Art Museum                                   

                                                   Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

       October 1994                    Sculpture of the Inuit:

                                                   Major Works by the Masters of Stone              

                                                   Maslak McLeod Canadian Art                       

                                                   Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.

       May - July 1995                 Tundra & Ice: Exceptional Sculpture from Canada

                                                   Orca Aart Gallery                                

                                                   Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

       May - September 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, New Mexico, U.S.A.

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       September 1995               Sedna: Spirit of the Sea

                                                   Feheley Fine Arts                                

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

       1978                                    Nuna Parr

                                                   Gallery One                                      

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       March - April 1980            Nuna Parr - An Exhibition of Recent Carvings

                                                   Gallery One                                      

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

 

       Sep - October 1983          Nuna Parr

                                                   Inuit Galerie                                    

                                                   Mannheim, West Germany

       November 1985                Nuna Parr - Sculpture

                                                   Canadiana Galleries                              

                                                   Edmonton, Alberta

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       December 1988               Nuna Parr

                                                   Eskimo Art Gallery                               

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       COLLECTIONS:

       Amway Environmental Foundation Collection, Ada, Michigan, U.S.A.  

       Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia          

       Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario                      

       Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario            

       Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec       

       Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, Michigan, U.S.A.  

       GE Canada Inuit Art Collection, Mississauga, Ontario     

       Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories       

       McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario         

       National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario         

       Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick   

       Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories       

       Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba        

       HONOURS, ACHIEVEMENTS and EVENTS:

       1980     Invited by Public Works Canada to submit sketches for low relief carvings to

                decorate the exterior of the parliament buildings.

 

 

      SELECTED REFERENCES:

 

           MASTERS OF THE ARCTIC:  An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit

           Masterworks.  Ada, Michigan: Amway Corporation, 1989.

       Adamson, Arthur                                  

           THE SWINTON COLLECTION OF INUIT ART.  Inuit Art Quarterly,

           vol.3, no.1, Winter, 1988. pp.19-20.

       Canadian Arctic Producers                        

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

       Institute of American Indian Arts Museum         

           KEEPING OUR STORIES ALIVE:  An Exhibition of Art and Crafts from

           Dene and Inuit of Canada.  Santa Fe, N.M.: Institute of American

           Native Arts Museum, 1995.

       Inuit Art Collection                             

           CAPE DORSET:  Sculptors and their Sculpture.  Manchester, Conn.:

           The Inuit Art Collection, 1981.

       Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

           CAPE DORSET STONE SCULPTURE: MASTERS AND THE NEXT GENERATION:

           August 17-September 6, 1991.  Vancouver, B.C.:  Inuit Gallery of

           Vancouver, 1991.

       Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

           INUIT MASTERWORKS:  November 3-November 24, 1990.  Vancouver, B.

           C.: Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, 1990.

       National Gallery of Canada                       

           CAPE DORSET:  A Decade of Eskimo Prints and Recent Sculpture =

           Dix ans d'estampes esquimaudes et sculptures recentes.  Ottawa:

           The National Gallery of Canada, 1967.

       Settler, Faye                                    

           FROM THE DEALER'S VIEWPOINT.  About Arts and Crafts, vol. 2, no.

           3, Winter, 1978. pp.24-25.

       Swinton, Nelda                                   

           LA DEESSE INUITE DE LA MER. = THE INUIT SEA GODDESS.  Montreal:

           Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1980.

 

       Winnipeg Art Gallery                              

           CAPE DORSET.  Winnipeg: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1979.

       Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

           SWINTON COLLECTION OF INUIT ART.  Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1987.

 

       (c) Inuit Art Section, INAC 1995