Mark Coreth - Ice Bear Project founder, is internationally known as a master sculptor of animals in motion. He is the creator of both the Copenhagen Ice Bear during the COP15 Conference and the London Ice Bear on Trafalgar Square, in December 2009.
Mark has always drawn his inspiration from direct encounters with life in the wild, a passion that has taken him from the mountains of Ladakh, to Rajasthan, the African plains, the Falklands and now the Arctic. Since 1986 he has regularly held exhibitions at the Sladmore Contemporary Gallery in London. His most recent exhibition, 'Serengeti', was held at the Sladmore in November 2008.
Mark's specially commissioned work includes a flying albatross for the Falklands Memorial Chapel, a large figure for the opening of the Globe Theatre, and the monumental Millennium sculpture, 'The Waterhole', outside the Natural History Museum, which incorporates over fifty animals. He has also exhibited in Paris, New York and Sydney. Recent work includes a life-sized charging bull elephant in bronze for commissions in Italy and Australia. They are amongst many private and public pieces that can be found all over the world.
Peter Qumaluk Ittukallak or "Peter-Boy", as he is sometimes called, was born on January 14, 1954 at his parent's winter camp on the outskirts of Puvirnituq. At present, he lives in Puvirnituq with his wife Winnie, and their two children. Peter and his older brother Juanasi, are the nephews of the well-known carvers Levi and Inukpuk Qumaluk. His sister is Maggie Ittukallak. Born into such a talented family, which also includes both the late Joe Talirunili, and Davidialuk Alasua Amittu, it is not surprising that Peter became a carver. Although his father, Aisa Aviliaju Ittukallak began carving in the early 1950s it was really his grandfather, Pauloosie Oolutaju Itukadluk, who encouraged Peter to carve as a boy of eight years old.
Today Peter maintains an extremely active lifestyle, which includes hunting and trapping, with either his skidoo or dogsled, volunteer work with community sports programs, and artistic production both in prints and carvings. In May 1976, Peter experienced culture shock for the first time when he attended, and participated in, a southern arts and crafts show held in Willowdale, Ontario.
Peter's carvings are remarkable for their animated style. His renderings of human figures and animals are alive with tension and movement that is not simply implied, but fully realized in dramatic poses: a bear digs his claws into the soft underbelly of a walrus, a hungry child clutches at a chunk of meat held out to it by its mother. Occasionally Peter enhances the vulnerability of the figures by depicting them naked; frequently, their theatrical sense of drama stems from the single gesture of an extended hand or a menacing paw.
Juanasi Jakusi Ittukallak, or " Juanasi Jack", as he is called, was born just south of Povungniuk on December 2, 1949. He and his family moved into the community in 1957. Prompted by his father Aisa Avialiajuk Ittukallak and his uncle Levi Qumaluk, both of whom have reputations as superb artists, Juanasi began to carve at about twelve years of age. His younger brother Peter carves also, and through their mother they are related to that great family of sculptors which includes; Joe Talirunili and Davidialuk Alasua Amittu.
Juanasi has developed a powerful, distinctively personal style that draws upon his knowledge of Arctic fauna, ancient legends, and folklore. The struggle for survival, which pits man against animal, animal against animal and man against his environment, is a central theme of Juanasi's work. In their regal beauty Juanasi's: carvings eloquently convey. The strength of the Inuit culture and the bonds that unite all living creatures. Juanasi has frequently demonstrated carving in Ottawa and Toronto, and once at 'Man and His World' in Montreal. In 1985, he was profiled in a documentary film entitled 'Inukshuk'. The film features Juanasi and his family at their temporary summer camp. It documents the creation of one of his sculptures - from quarrying the stone to the completed carving.
Juanasi is the brother to Peter Boy Ittukallak and Maggie Ittukallak, nephew of Levi Qumaluk.