Inuit art: Walking Bear
Inuit Artist: Ashevak Tunnillie (1956 - 2018_
Size: 11" long, 8" high, 5" wide. Weight: 13 lbs.
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Note** It is very probable that these are Ashevak Tunnillie’s last available bears. Tunnillie has recently passed away and has left the Inuit Art world with his spirit.
The heart of a bear is its power, bulk and ferocity. This is a fine example of how Tunnillie streamlines the shape of the bear’s body into an abstract form but never loses the essential “bearness” of the sculpture.
Tunnillie exaggerates the bulkiness of the body in order to achieve the quintessential bear spirit. Then he elongates the bear’s neck and shortens the torso so it appears compressed but extraordinarily powerful and somewhat threatening.
The stone in this carving is magnificent. Lime green marble blended with patches of soft mossy green gives the appearance of a creature lumbering out of the woods after a long winter hibernation, fur dripping with lichen and moss!
Ashevak is an internationally prized Inuit artist. Just as Henry Evaluardjuk is synonymous with wonderful walking bears, the name Ashevak Tunnillie embodies the magnificence of sleek striding bears.
Owning this piece would be priceless. As Tunnillie’s pieces become increasingly rare, their value will appreciate tremendously.
Do not miss this phenomenal opportunity to include Tunnullie’s bear in your Inuit art collection.
This carving is new and comes with the Igloo tag of authenticity.
Ashevak Tunillie (1956 - )
Ashevak Tunillie belongs to the third generation of artists in his family. Both his mother and father were accomplished carvers, and his grandmother Ikayukta was a regular contributor to the Cape Dorset print collection for many years. . Ashevak Tunnillie's father, Qavaroak Tunnillie, is also a well known artist in Cape Dorset.
2000 Ashevak Tunnillie: The Artist's Hand Inuit Sculpture Portfolio, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
1997 Ashevak Tunnillie & Kellypalik Qimirpik Sculpture, Albers Gallery, San Francisco, CA