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Bear Art: Beauty And The Beast

Updated on August 7, 2012

Find beautiful bear art from drawings to sculptures here

Here you'll find Bear Art -- sculptures, photography, paintings, drawings, carvings -- all of Bears in all their glory. Also tips on naming sculptures, using photos as inspirations, and much more.

I love bears. I devote so much time and energy into bears (online and off-line) that I've been given the nickname, Bearmeister. :o)

There's just something about these wild and magnificent beasts that grabs the imagination. They're fierce, curious and the sows are wonderful mothers (I'm not so sure about the absentee fathers, however - LOL)

I find all 8 species of bears fascinating. And, they make a wonderful subjects for art. As a sculptor, I love to create bears. So far, I've created polar bears and grizzlies. But I'm expanding my art to include the other 8 species of bear. My next bears to sculpt are Sloth Bears, the Dancing Bears of India. I've been doing my research, now it's time to sculpt!

I hope you find bears and their cubs as captivating as I do. I'll personally pick the bear art that moves me. I'll start with polar bears and add other bear art every week so come back to see more un-BEAR-ably wonderful bear art. Also, please let me know if you or someone else create bear art that I should add to this lens.

My Blog has been HACKED and is down temporarily so some photos are not loading on this site.

"BEARing Down" by Frankie Kangas

"BEARing Down" by Frankie Kangas
"BEARing Down" by Frankie Kangas

Polar Bear Morphing into Sculpture

Artist: Frankie Kangas

"Nanuk, Lord of the Ice"

This is one of my one-of-a kind ceramic sculptures who breaks free and comes to life in this morph. The live polar bear picture was what I used for my model. It and a few others so I could get other angles of the bear. As you can see, I don't do life-like sculptures but more stylized. For more pictures of this sculpture or others, visit Sculptures by Frankie (

Video of Nanuk, Lord of the Ice - Artist: Frankie Kangas

This sculpture was so hard to get a good picture of so I took a bunch from different perspectives and put this slide show together.

Sculptures: Polar Bears with their cubs

Artist: Frankie Kangas

I love to sculpt bear with cubs. Call it maternal instinct, whatever, I just know it touches me deeply whenever I see any animal with their cubs. Below are some of my sculptures of Polar Bear Moms with cubs.

"BEARing Three"

"BEARly Hanging On"

"BEARing Up Baby"

Naming art can be fun

Naming art work can be challenging but also fun, especially when it comes to animals. Take, bears for instance. I've been having a blast coming up with names.

Sometimes I have that I "create for" and sometimes I don't and so I name them afterwards. For bears, I can create words that have bear in them but maybe spelled differently. For instance, BEAR-ly or BEAR-ing.

Another example is Wildlife S.O.S., rescues the Dancing Bears in India, and has on their website the slogan, "Lib-BEAR-ate the Dancing Bears". Fun AND memorable.

Try your hand at creating some in the next module.

Using photos for inspiration

I use photos a lot for inspiration. Sometimes I use several for 1 sculpture using ideas from each. I'm not necessarily trying to duplicate the photo(s), but the feel and maybe the stance or attitude of the object (usually an animal for me). Since my work is stylized, they never look like the picture I'm working from anyway so there's no copyright infringement problems. LOL

I used this photo of the brown bear sitting to create a sculpture of a polar bear holding his toes. I love this photo. Can't you just see his playfulness; his attitude?

Anyway, I my sculpture is called BEARly Contained (shown below) and is finished with horsehair raku. Hope you like it.

BEARly Contained by Frankie Kangas

BEARly Contained by Frankie Kangas
BEARly Contained by Frankie Kangas

Artist: Sandy Sandy

The watercolor below was created by artist, Sandy Sandy. You can get to this piece by clicking Spirit Art

Artist: Linda Hiller

Linda Hiller is an artist who works in pastels and oils. She doesn't focus only on animals, but she does an amazing job on the ones she has created. Below are my 2 favorites: In Search of Ice and Where have all the Pandas gone? You can see more of her work at Linda Hiller Fine Art

Linda is also a lensmaster. You can see her list of lenses at lhiller

Artist: Alvin Amason

Below is "Papa said no, no, no" by Alvin Amason, an Alutiq (Sugpiaq) artist from Old Harbor, Kodiak Island.

Cibachrome print of a polar bear embryo by award winning international photographers, Daniel & Geo Fuchs. To see it and more of their fabulous work, click The Bulger Gallery.

By the way, how many embryos do you count?

Sculptures And Carvings on eBay

Check out these wonderful bear sculptures and carvings.

The best animal Sculpture book you can buy

500 Animals in Clay: Contemporary Expressions of the Animal Form (500 Series)
500 Animals in Clay: Contemporary Expressions of the Animal Form (500 Series)

This is my favorite book of animal sculptures ever. It sits by my chair in the living room and gets thumbed through often. I am always finding sculptures I never saw before. I get ideas of how to do things such as textures and finishes. It is a must have book in any sculptor's library.


Great Art Books on Amazon

Fine Art Photography: Water, Ice and Fog - Photographic Techniques and the Art of Interpretation
Fine Art Photography: Water, Ice and Fog - Photographic Techniques and the Art of Interpretation

Streams, lakes, rain, ice, mist, and fog provide the photographer with a wealth of opportunities to make great images. In this inspirational how-to book illustrated with some 70 stunning colour photos, master photographer Tony Sweet explains how to make the most of those opportunities. With a focus on sharpening the skills of interpretation, he shows how to create beautiful photographs of water in all its forms.

Masterpieces: Great Paintings of the World in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Masterpieces: Great Paintings of the World in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Mixed from egg whites and vegetable tints, water and soot, oils and rare minerals and applied to bone, wood, metal and canvas, the plastic and expressive properties of paint have stirred artists and their admirers throughout history. The holdings of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston have grown into a formidable appraisal of one of humankind's oldest and most diverse forms of artistic expression--from its first acquisition, Washington Allston's "Elijah in the Desert" (1818), to recently acquired works by Edgar Degas, Georgia O'Keeffe and Takashi Murakami--and now constitutes one of America's largest permanent collections. The first version of Masterpieces has long been a favorite among museum-goers and art lovers. This new edition expands on the scope of the old, adding new acquisitions and featuring 150 master works by artists from Asia, Europe and the Americas--from delicate Song-dynasty handscrolls to jewel-like images of medieval piety, scenes of mythic drama, austere still lifes, sensitive portraits, grand landscapes and jarring Modern visions. Featuring artists such as Rembrandt, El Greco, Copley, Monet, Sargent and Picasso, anonymous masters of medieval Europe and Asia and living artists of uncompromising vision such as Gerhard Richter and David Hockney, this book is a celebration of the possibilities of paint.

Folk Painting (Handbook of Korean Ar (Handbooks of Korean Art)
Folk Painting (Handbook of Korean Ar (Handbooks of Korean Art)

This new multi-volume series is designed to provide the reader with a comprehensive, up-to-date and readable introduction to major aspects of Korea's rich artistic heritage: Buddhist sculpture, folk painting, earthenware and celadon, and white porcelain and punch'ong ware. Other topics will follow in successive volumes. Based on their extensive knowledge and research, the various authors have sought to cover new ground in their choice of pieces and to provide a wealth of detail concerning their manufacture and historical importance, with the aid of pictures of comparative pieces, maps, tables and glossaries, and a selected bibliography.

The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings (Clark Art Institute)
The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings (Clark Art Institute)

Brothers Sterling and Stephen Clark—heirs to the Singer sewing machine fortune—were among the twentieth century’s most influential art collectors. This volume examines their magnificent collections, their personal lives and public profiles, and their significant roles in the history of American museums.While the brothers shared a love for great art, they collected in different ways. Sterling was a private collector; his French Impressionist masterpieces, including thirty-eight Renoirs, and works by such American artists as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Frederic Remington, and Mary Cassatt now form the distinguished collection of the Clark. Stephen, a businessman and museum trustee, acquired modern works by such masters as Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh, often with specific museum collections in mind—including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Yale University Art Gallery.Handsomely produced, this book features over two hundred illustrations of the works from Sterling’s and Stephen’s collections. It also includes essays by distinguished scholars, an illustrated chronology, and a previously unpublished checklist of works purchased by Stephen Clark.

Isamu Noguchi: A Sculptor's World
Isamu Noguchi: A Sculptor's World

A Sculptor's World is the long-awaited reprint of Isamu Noguchi's 1968 autobiography. It remains Noguchi's most comprehensive statement about the art that brought him international acclaim. Told in words and images, A Sculptor's World is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the life and work of this seminal artist or a general interest in the art of sculpture. Also reprinted in this volume is the original foreword to the book by R. Buckminster Fuller, from which the above quote is taken. In my long experience as an intimate witness of Noguchi's work, I believe that whatever the external entities of his coordinate translating may be, they represent a faithful manifest of the intellectual and harmonic being, Noguchi. In my estimation, the evoluting array and extraordinary breadth of his conceptioning realizations document a comprehensive artist without peer in our time.--R. Buckminster FullerForeword by Bonnie Rychlak. Clothbound, 9.25 x 10 in./260 pgs / 13 color and 255 b & w.


Ice Bear by Frankie Kangas

Ice Bear by Frankie Kangas
Ice Bear by Frankie Kangas

There are 8 species of bear world-wide. All are endangered to one degree or another. In case you don't know them all, the 8 bear species are: American Black Bear, Asiatic Black Bear, Brown Bear, Giant Panda, Polar Bear, Spectacled Bear, Sloth Bear and Sun Bear.

For more photos and facts about the 8 bear species, click BEARS: The 8 Wonders of the World

Save Our Bears (SOB) Group

Member of Save Our Bears Group -- a group of lenses devoted to help change the plight all of the 8 bear species through awareness and fund raising.

The lenses show the wonderful nature of bears and many will, at the same time, shine a spotlight on the dangers bears face including: trophy hunters, gall bladder and bile farming, pollution, bear baiting, global warming, and habitat destruction.

You'll also find fun lenses on great polar bear movies, books, teddy bears, even cartoon and toy bears.

Click Save Our Bears (SOB) to go to the group page.

Bear Prayer (raku) by Frankie Kangas

Bear Prayer (raku) by Frankie Kangas
Bear Prayer (raku) by Frankie Kangas

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      6 years ago

      Ah, Bear Hugs my dear Frankie for a delightful page and for being such a remarkable person! TYVM

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Adding a kiss for luck on this St. Patrick's Day!

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      Paula Atwell 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Gorgeous work represented here.

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      9 years ago

      Ah, as usual Frankie, a remarkable lens -- well done! I've been a polar bear fan since college -- ONU home of the polar bears. ;)

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      Carol Fisher 

      9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Lovely, interesting and important lens. I find it unbearable to think that our children and grandchildren might live in a world without bears - absolutely tragic.

      Welcome to the Art & Design Group.

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      10 years ago

      I'll keep checking back to see what's next. Nice lens "bearmeister"

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      10 years ago

      I added this to my favorites for I too am looking very forward to seeing the sloth bear and dancing bears of India pieces when you have them completed.

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      10 years ago

      Very nice lens. Good job!

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      10 years ago

      Can wait to see how the sloth bear pieces turn out. Keep us informed!

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      10 years ago

      Can't wait to see what's next!


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