Inuit art: Dancing Bear (can also dance on another paw and dive)
Inuit Artist: Ottokie Samayualie
Size: 11" tall, 6" wide, Weight: 5.8 lbs.
Community: Cape Dorset
Simply put, this dancing bear represents absolute perfection. It is a three way bear.
The stone is uniform and high gloss, the movements are sensational, the lines are smooth and crisp. A carving cannot get any more perfect than this and no one else is capable of making a piece like this other than famed Inuit artist - Ottokie Samayualie. He is a quintessential formidable Inuit artist who has been carving for decades.
His bears are highly praised as the style and movement are simply incomparable by any other.
Signed, comes with igloo tag.
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.