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Tony Curley

Tony Curley was born on April 1, 1964, in the community of Cape Dorset, Baffin Island, Northwest Territories. He is the son of Cape Dorset artist Kellypalik Curley.

Like many Inuit artists, Tony mostly draws his inspiration from Arctic wildlife. His favourite subject matter is the polar bear. Tony's style is highly representative of Cape Dorset Art. It is rooted in a love of naturalism, but has incorporated an affinity for decorative stylisation and dramatic expression.

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Tony carves his sculpture out of serpentine, a very hard metamorphic rock with a composition similar to Jade, which is indigenous to the lower Baffin Island. This stone varies in colour from light green to dark brown or black, due to inclusion of other minerals, and takes a brilliant natural polish.


EXHIBITIONS:

March 1988

Arctic Forms -Inuit Sculpture: Arctic Inuit Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

May 1989

Birds: Sculpture from Cape Dorset & Rock Ptarmigan Limited Edition Print by Kananginak: The Guild Shop, Toronto, Ontario

February 1991

Animals of the Arctic: Arctic Inuit Art, Richmond, Virginia

February 1993

Inuit Sculpture: Gallery Marie-Luise Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland

February 1993

Kunstwerke der Inuit: Presented by CreAR Tion, Eppstein in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of Canadian Studies at the Hotel am Badersee, Grainau, Germany

December 1995 - January 1996

Inuit Art: from the collection of Maurice Yacowar Collector's Gallery Calgary, Alberta

November 1996

Small Sculptures by Great Artists V: Feheley Fine Arts Toronto, Ontario

February - April 1997

Stone & Bone The Inuit Master Carvers of the Canadian Arctic The North West Company held at the Sun Valley Centre for the Arts and Humanities Ketchum, Idaho