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Nuna Parr, ᓄᓇ ᐸ

Settlement: Cape Dorset / Kinngait

(1949) — E7-764

Nuna Parr was born near Cape Dorset (Kinngait), Nunvavut and lived with his adoptive parents, the graphic artists Parr and Eleeshushe. His brother, Epirvik, is a also an artist. The family moved to Cape Dorset in 1960, after Parr was injured in an accident, and the young Nuna started carving while he was still in school.

His interest in hunting and his regard for the animal life of the Arctic are directly reflected in his work.


  • Animals of the Arctic, Arctic Inuit Art
  • Arctic Forms - Inuit Sculpture, Arctic Inuit Art Gallery
  • Arctic Spirit 35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art, Frye Art Museum
  • Art Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Art of Baffin, The Arctic Circle
  • Cape Dorset, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Cape Dorset - A Decade of Eskimo Prints & Recent Sculpture, National Gallery of Canada, in cooperation with the Canadian Eskimo Art Committee
  • Cape Dorset Sculptors and Their Sculpture, The Inuit Art Collection Mr. and Mrs. James F. Bacon
  • Cape Dorset Sculpture, McMaster Art Gallery
  • Cape Dorset Stone Sculpture: Masters & the Next Generation, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Eskimo Sculpture from the Eastern Arctic, Ufundi Gallery
  • Espaces Inuit, Maison Hamel-Bruneau
  • Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture Exhibition (first exhibition), Vancouver Inuit Art Society
  • Images of our past, Art of Man Gallery
  • In Celebration, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Inuit Masterworks, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Inuit Sculpture--New Acquisitions, Pucker Gallery
  • Inuit Sculpture: Displayed in Conjunction with the 1991 Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection, Muscarelle Museum of Art
  • Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts from Dene and Inuit of Canada, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
  • La deesse inuite de la mer/The Inuit Sea Goddess, Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal
  • Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks, Presented by the Amway Corporation at the United Nations General Assembly
  • Nuna Parr, Eskimo Art Gallery
  • Nuna Parr, Gallery One
  • Nuna Parr, Inuit Galerie
  • Nuna Parr - An Exhibition of Recent Carvings, Gallery One
  • Nuna Parr - Sculpture, Canadiana Galleries
  • On the Land, The Arctic Circle
  • Sculpture Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Sculpture Inuit: Stone/Bone circa 1960-1979, Canadiana Galleries
  • Sculpture of the Inuit: Major Works by the Masters of Stone, Maslak McLeod Canadian Art
  • Sculpture of the Inuit: Lorne Balshine Collection/Lou Osipov Collection/ Dr. Harry Winrob Collection, Surrey Art Gallery
  • Sedna: Spirit of the Sea, Feheley Fine Arts
  • Small Sculptures by Great Artists I, Feheley Fine Arts
  • Small Sculptures by Great Artists II, Feheley Fine Arts
  • The Inuit Sea Goddess, Surrey Art Gallery, (organized to complement the Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal exhibit of the same name)
  • The Last and First Eskimos, Museum of Science and History
  • The Swinton Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Traditions and Innovations in Inuit Art Sculpture in Stone, Images of the North
  • Tundra & Ice IV, Orca Aart Gallery
  • Tundra & Ice: Exceptional Sculpture from Canada, Orca Aart Gallery
  • Wildlife and Nature in Art, Arctic Experience


  • Amway Environmental Foundation Collection, Ada
  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
  • Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City
  • GE Canada Inuit Art Collection, Mississauga
  • Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet
  • McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg


1999 Elected to the Board of Directors of the Inuit Art Foundation, Ottawa, ON


Title Last Sold At Auction
ANIMATED SEAL 2018-01 (January 2018)
BELUGA 2021-06 (June 2021)
BIRD 2007-04 (April 2007)
BIRD WITH UPSWEPT WINGS 2011-11 (November 2011)
DANCING BEAR 2020-08 (August 2020)
DANCING POLAR BEAR 2016-11 (November 2016)
DANCING WALRUS 2023-11 (November 2023)
GOOSE 2020-10 (October 2020)
GROWLING POLAR BEAR 2022-09 (September 2022)
LOON 2013-06 (June 2013)
OWL 2013-11 (November 2013)
PLAYFUL SEAL 2020-06 (June 2020)
PLAYFUL WALRUS 2015-11 (November 2015)
POLAR BEAR 2013-02 (February 2013)
PREENING BIRD 2011-11 (November 2011)
SCENTING POLAR BEAR 2018-03 (March 2018)
SEDNA 2007-11 (November 2007)
WALKING BEAR 2019-09 (September 2019)
WALRUS 2013-02 (February 2013)
WALRUS TRANSFORMATION 2018-09 (September 2018)

Recent Auction Results

Estimate: 2,000 — 3,000
Sold: Nov 2023 — Sold For: $2,767.50
Estimate: 3,000 — 5,000
Sold: Sep 2022 — Sold For: $3,720
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Jun 2021 — Sold For: $288
Estimate: 2,000 — 4,000
Sold: Oct 2020 — Sold For: $2,400
Estimate: 5,000 — 7,000
Sold: Aug 2020 — Sold For: $11,400
Estimate: 600 — 900
Sold: Jun 2020 — Sold For: $1,140

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