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"The paintings of Clarence Tillenius transport you to the wild open plains of the past, into the protective and secretive worlds hidden around us, and lift you to where you can feel the primeval vastness of the forest and the mountains. Life as it was, as we often nostalgically wish for, will be opened up to you, evoking both joy and sadness and a peaceful sense of appreciation for the man who painted it, Clarence Tillenius." Dr. Philip H.R. Stepney, Director Provincial Museum of Alberta.

 

Updated January 26, 2012

 

BEARS ON BROADWAY

From December 2004 until May 2005 Clarence Tillenius painted two bears, the "Pondering Grizzly" and the "Knights of the Polar Circle" each weighing 10,000 pounds, made of cement and about 8 feet tall in a sitting posture. They are part of the clan of sixty two bears painted by a number of Manitoba artists for the Bears On Broadway Cancer Care Manitoba fundraiser project.

The only Grizzly bear of the sixty two bears was the one painted by Clarence, and it is located in front of the Manitoba Legislature, while his "Knights of the Polar Circle" is located on the Broadway boulevard across from the Fort Garry Hotel, several hundred meters west of Main Street.

PC users Right-Click here to download a movie of Clarence telling the stories of the 15 smaller Polar bears he painted around the body of the "Knights of the Polar Circle" bear. This is a 7 MByte Quicktime MPEG-4 ISMA file, best viewed using Apple's QuickTime Player. Movie recorded by Donna Kurt on May 21, 2005 at Kapyong Barracks. Copyright © 2005 Clarence Tillenius.

The following images are of Clarence Tillenius and his two bears.

Pondering Grizzly  © Clarence Tillenius
Knights of the Polar Circle  © Clarence TilleniusKnights of the Polar Circle  © Clarence Tillenius
Knights of the Polar Circle  © Clarence TilleniusKnights of the Polar Circle  © Clarence Tillenius

 

PRINTS of PAINTINGS

In the White Silence   |   Nursery On The Move

Cougar Kittens   |   In the Polar Night

 

Bisons Running Sketch  © Clarence Tillenius

 

In The White Silence  ©  1976 Clarence Tillenius
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In The White Silence

Title

 

In The White Silence

 

Painted

 

1976

 

Description

In the 1950s Tillenius travelled by dogsled with the Inuit hunters of Southampton Island in the Canadian Arctic to watch them hunt Nanook (The White Bear) so he could make paintings of polar bears.

 

 

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Bisons Running Sketch  © Clarence Tillenius

 

Cougar Kittens  © 1980 Clarence Tillenius
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Cougar Kittens

Title

 

Cougar Kittens

 

Painted

 

1980

 

Description

Variegated pattern of spots on the baby cougars which show up so plainly in sunshine make them hard to see in the shade of leafy bushes.

 

 

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Bisons Running Sketch © Clarence Tillenius

 

Nursery On The Move  ©  1986 Clarence Tillenius
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Nursery On The Move

Title

 

Nursery On The Move

 

Painted

 

1986

 

Description

The low grunting of the buffalo cows on the move seems like a message to the tawny little calves not to stray too far from their mothers.

 

 

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Bisons Running Sketch  © Clarence Tillenius

 

In the Polar Night  ©  1984 Clarence Tillenius
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In the Polar Night

Title

 

In the Polar Night

 

Painted

 

1984

 

Description

The Great Bear, haloed by the arctic moonlight, stands listening to the night sounds of the polar sea.

 

 

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Bisons Running Sketch  © Clarence Tillenius

 

GALLERIES

 

Clarence Tillenius 1995 Exhibition Guide
Clarence Tillenius 1995 Exhibition Guide

 

Clarence Tillenius 2000 Exhibition Guide
Clarence Tillenius 2000 Exhibition Guide

 

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Bisons Running Sketch  © Clarence Tillenius

 

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