Takpanie Jr.

Takpanie Jr.


sculpture/carving, stone

Artistic Community:

Iqaluit, NU



Date of Birth:

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March 31, 1964



Tommy Takpanie Jr. is a full-time carver from Iqaluit, NU, who is known for his polar bear sculptures. His father and siblings are also polar bear carvers, making the subject something of a family legacy. Takpanie Jr. depicts his bears realistically, often pacing across the landscape in mid-stride. His works have travelled both nationally and internationally, and been prime specimens in exhibits specifically showcasing bears, such as “The Bear: Sculpture” at Albers Gallery in San Francisco, California, in 1993.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Photo: Polar Bear King Sits on his Throne to Carve June 14, 2017 Nunatsiaq News
Not Just a Dancing Step/Plus Qu'un Pas de Danse 1996 Galerie d'Art Vincent


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Not Just a Dancing Step... 1996 Galerie d'Art Vincent
Sculpture and Graphics from Cape Dorset Octover - November 1993 Art Space Gallery
The Bear: Sculpture September - November 1993 Albers Gallery