Inuit art: Walking Bear
Inuit Artist: Ottokie Ashoona
Size: 14" Long, 8" high, 5" deep, 12.6 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Done in a smooth and refined serpentine stone, Ashoona persists an endearing sense of perfection while achieving a raw calmness of savagery. The glow and aura as a result from the opulent warm brown stone, creates added visual panache like no other.
This monumental work is unique as it strays from his more medium sized format of dancing & walking bears. Ashoona is just as famous for his depictions of bears as is the likes of other great artists like Nuna Parr and Joe Kavik. He has created an impressive body of sculptures depicting human figures and other animals as well but it is his affinity with the dancing & walking bears that has captured the imagination of collectors.
This amazing piece is signed by the artist and comes with an igloo tag.
Ottokie Ashoona was born on December 17th, 1970 outside of present day Cape Dorset NU. As a young boy, he lived as his traditional ancestors did - in a camp with huts and tents. Ottokie is the son of very well known artists Kaka (now deceased) and Mayureak Ashoona. .His grandmother Pitseolak Ashoona was famous for her drawings and prints.