Inuit art: Diving Bear
Inuit Artist: Ottokie Samayualie
Size: 14" across (13" horizontal), 8" wide, 7" deep. 12 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Note** It is extremely hard for an artist to carve a 4-way dancing bear. Ottokie is a Master carver of these rare 4 way bears. The last time we received a beautiful 4 way bear like this, was 5 years ago from artist Esau Kripanik.
This bear is so well balanced and fluid. It can dance on either foot and both paws. The movement and animation are incredible. Moreover, the jet black stone is mirror like. It is absolutely electrifying. This is one of our favorite dancing bears in the gallery.
Ottokie is among the best artists today for carving dancing and walking bears. His pieces have so much flow and movement to them and really exemplify the spirit of a dancing bear. I never hesitate to acquire his pieces as they are all exuberantly carved to perfection.
This is a large-sized bear and the marble stone is absolutely radiant and warm. The dynamics and movement of this piece are what encompass absolute perfection within the realm of a dancing bear.
see our May 30, 2021 blog Spotlight on the Dancing Bear
Ottokie is the son of Cape Dorset artists Johnny and Kuluajuke Tunnillee. Ottokie has followed the same artistic path, as in Nunavut, artistic talent is passed on through the family rather than taught in an art school.
Ottokie Samayualie takes great care in choosing his stone. His carvings are made of the finest serpentine of varying green shades, and then smoothed and polished to best exhibit the lustre of the stone.
Ottokie prefers to carve bears.
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