First and foremost, I Love dark bears. Especially when they are beautifully made with a finesse black velvety stone like this one. This bear encompasses everything that makes a carving perfect. Their are zero defects, the stone is deep dark, the finish is silky smooth. The proportions are outstanding. You can even see the muscle tone on the bear.
When I saw this piece, I made no hesitation in taking it. It is that beautiful. There are a few clients I already know who are going to Love and want this piece.
Ottokie Ashoona (1970 - )
Ottokie Ashoona was born in Cape Dorset, Baffin island. Ottokie comes from a family of Inuit artists, his father Kaka and his uncle Kiawak were the two most renowned Cape Dorset carvers, his grandmother Pitseolak Ashoona was a famous graphic artist. His older brother is Ohito Ashoona, who is also a carver. Ottokie learned a lot of carving technics from Ohito, by watching him.
Ottokie's favourite subject is the polar bear.