Nuna Parr

NUNA PARR     (NOONA)

 

 

Date of Birth:     January 7, 1949                                     Male/Female:    Male E7-764

 

Place of Birth:    Cape Dorset

 

Mother:             Eleeshushe

Father:              Parr

                                                                                                                                                           

Nuna’s parents, the late Parr and Eleeshushe, are renowned graphic artists from the older generation. 

 

EXHIBITIONS:

 

                                                                        Native Canadian and Inuit Art

                                                                        The Great Canadian Trading Post Company

                                                                        Windsor, Ontario

                                                                                                (brochure)

 

                                                                        Our Land Transforming; Celebrating the Enduring Spirit

                                                                        Of the Inuit

                                                                        Arctic Raven Gallery

                                                                        One Front Street, Second Floor

                                                                        POB  2139

                                                                        Friday Harbor, Washington, U.S.A.

                                                                                                (brochure0

 

January – February 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 – December 1979                               In Celebration

                                                                        Canadian Guild of Crafts

                                                                        Montreal, Quebec


1980                                                                 Eskimo Sculpture from the Eastern Arctic

                                                                        Ufundi Gallery

                                                                        Ottawa, Onario

 

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.

 

September – 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

                                                                        Mrs. &  Mrs. James F. Bacon

                                                                        Manchester, Connecticut, U.S.A.

                                                                                                (illustrated catalogue)

 

October – November 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

 

September – October 1984                                 On The Land

                                                                        The Arctic Circle

                                                                        Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

 

December 1984 – February 1985                         The Last and First Eskimos

                                                                        Museum of Science and History

                                                                        Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.

 

November – December 1986                               Art Inuit

                                                                        Canadian Guild of Crafts

                                                                        Montreal, Quebec

 

September – 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 – December 1988                               Sculpture Inuit

                                                                        Canadian Guild of Crafts

                                                                        Montreal, Quebec

                                                                                                (illustrated brochure)

 

June 1989                                                         Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks

                                                                        Presented by Amway Corporation

                                                                        At the United Nations General Assembly

                                                                        New York, N.Y., 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)

 

November 1990 – February 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 – September 1991                                  Cape Dorset Stone Sculpture: Masters and The Next Generation

                                                                        Inuit Gallery of Vancouver

                                                                        Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                                                                (illustrated catalogue)

 

November – December 1991                               Inuit Sculpture: Displayed in conjunction with the 1991 Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection

                                                                        Muscarelle Museum of Art

                                                                        Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A.

November – December 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.

 

October                                                             Sculpture of the Inuit

                                                                        Maslak McLeod

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

 

May – July 1995                                                Tundra and Ice: Exceptional Sculpure from Canada

                                                                        Orca Aart Galley

                                                                        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

 

October – December 1995                                  Canadian Inuit Sculpture – The Next Generation

                                                                        Orca Aart Gallery

                                                                        Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

                                                                                                (illustrated catalogue)

 

March – June 1996                                             Tundra and Ice IV

                                                                        Orca Aart Galley

                                                                        Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.


June 1996                                                         Images of Our Past

                                                                        Art of Man Gallery

                                                                                                (illustrated catalogue)

 

November – December 1996                               New Visions

                                                                        Spirit Wrestler Gallery

                                                                        Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                                                                (illustrated catalogue)

 

November – December 1996                               Sculpture Inuit

                                                                        Canadian Guild of Crafts

                                                                        Montreal, Quebec

                                                                                                (brochure)

 

February – April 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, Idaho, U.S.A.

 

June 1997                                                         Singing and Dancing and Playing

                                                                        Feheley Fine Arts

                                                                        Toronto, Ontario

                                                                                                (brochure)

 

August – October 1999                                       The R.D. Bell Collection of Inuit Art

                                                                        Carleton University Art Gallery

                                                                        Ottawa, Ontario

 

October 1999                                                     Horizons

                                                                        Inuit Gallery of Vancouver

                                                                        Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                                                                (illustrated catalogue)

 

April 2000                                                          Nuna Parr: The Artist’s Hand

                                                                        Inuit Sculpture Portfolio

                                                                        Inuit Gallery of Vancouver

                                                                        Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                                                                (illustrated catalogue)

 

November – December 2000                               Small Sculptures by Great Artists 2000

                                                                        Feheley Fine Arts

                                                                        Toronto, Ontario

                                                                                                (illustrated brochure)

 

November – December 2003                               Honouring the Master Carvers

                                                                        Eskimo Art Gallery

                                                                        Toronto, Ontario

 

Spring 2005                                                       Cape Dorset Sculpture

                                                                        Spirit Wrestler Gallery

                                                                        Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                                                                (illustrated catalogue)

 


October 2005                                                     Contemporary Sculpture by Dorset Artists

                                                                        Canada House

                                                                        Banff, Alberta

 

2006                                                                 Rhythms in Motion

                                                                        Galerie d’art Vincent

                                                                        Ottawa, Ontario

                                                                                                (illustrated catalogue)

August – September 2006                                  Second Generation Cape Dorset Carvers

                                                                        Gallery Indigena

                                                                        Stratford, Ontario

 

November – December 2006                               Arctic Miniatures

                                                                        The Albers Gallery

                                                                        San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

 

April – May, 2008                                               Arctic Wind – An Expression of Naturalism

                                                                        Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery

                                                                        Vancouver, British Columbia

 

December, 2008                                                Mini Masterworks II

                                                                        Spirit Wrestler Gallery

                                                                        Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                                                    (illustrated catalogue)

 

March – April, 2009                                            Arctic Wildlife

                                                                        Inuit Gallery of Vancouver

                                                                        Vancouver, British Columbia

 

September – October, 2009                                Power and Passion

                                                                        Canadian Arctic Gallery

                                                                        Basel, Switzerland

 

May – June, 2010                                              Polar Bears

                                                                        Canadian Arctic Gallery

                                                                        Basel, Switzerland

 

June – September, 2011                                     Bear Farandole

                                                                        Kulik Art Inuit

                                                                        Quebec City. Quebec

 

October, 2011                                                    Stone and Paper

                                                                        Cape Dorset 2011

                                                                        Native Art Gallery

                                                                        Oakville, ON

                                                                                    (illustrated catalogue)

 

                                                                                   

                                                                                               

 

                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

September – 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 Galley

                                                                        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, NWT

McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario

Musee d’art Inuit Brousseau, Quebec City, Quebec

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

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

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, NWT

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

 

HONOURS, ACHIEVEMENT AND EVENTS:

 

1980     Invited by Public Works Canada to submit sketches for low relief carvings to decorate the exterior of the parliament buildings.

 

1999     Was elected to the Board of Directors of the Inuit Art Foundation, Ottawa, Ontario.

 

 

SELECTED REFERENCES:

 

            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.

 


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 Galley

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