Wow! Don't miss this one. A center piece for our art gallery.
Ottokie is one of the few artists who knows how to carve two way bears (dancing and diving).
In short words, this is an exceptional masterpiece!
Black is our favorite color for Inuit sculptures. Black gives a lot of depth to the piece.
This bear is big (very chubby) and perfectly carved with greatest attention to details.
Like a magic powder, the riveting dark stone has reduced the subject to a graceful, cold somnambulisme not often seen in Inuit art. The exquisite black stone, beautiful lines and subtle curvatures elevate this sculpture to euphoric levels.
What also really catches my eye with this piece are its curvatures and voluptuousness. Its beauty is so mesmerizing as it has a tremendous stance with its grace. It is in full motion and extremely dynamic with its movements.
This bear is signed on the bottom and comes with an igloo tag.
Ottokie Samayualie (1980 - )
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 and black shades, and then smoothed and polished to best exhibit the lustre of the stone.