18" Running Green Dancing Bear by Ashevak Adla

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Inuit art: Dancing Bear
Inuit Artist: Ashevak Adla
Size: 19" across (17" horizontal), 17" tall, 18 Lbs.
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: Serpentine
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Museum Quality!!!

Which bear carver excites my curator soul?

Hands down, I’d have to put Ashevak Adla at the top of my list!

This artist understands the nature of the bear. He worships this animal.

Each new sculpture is more dynamic, more spirited and more enchanting.

My last two Adla running bears (this one and the 19” black bear on page 2) are two of the most spectacular sculptures I have seen as a curator of 12 years!

In my opinion, it takes decades of experience and innate talent for an Inuit carver to obtain the elite ranking of a Master Carver. Very few artists reach this status.

I love EVERYTHING about this glorious bear.

The apple green colour, the perceived motion of the arms and legs, the chubby torso, and the long muscular neck.

And finally, I am a huge fan of a finely chiselled head with the nose upturned to the sky; as if it is searching for its creator.

This particular piece definitely has a place in my curator heart.

Adla’s bears (dancing, running, walking) will be celebrities in your collection. You won’t be satisfied with just one of his bears. You will never tire of his work.

You will always be waiting for the next Adla carving to arrive.

This carving comes signed on the bottom and comes with the Tag of Authenticity.


Ashevak Adla (1977- )

Ashevak was born at the nursing station in Cape Dorset, the eldest child of Kumajuk and David Adla. He started carving when he was eleven years old with his grandfather's, Audla Pee, tools. Ashevak used to watch him making birds, so he started off making something a little easier, like the heads of birds or seals. 

Ashevak is a full time carver, since there isn't much work in Cape Dorset. He would like to continue to carve and is not anxious to find another line of work. He used to work with an axe and hacksaw, but now he makes more carvings using power tools. He loves making birds with their wings wide open. He says he learned by watching Nuna Parr and his son, Jutani, working on bears. Ashevak remembers when he was a child his other grandfather, Kalai Adla, told him that when he grew up he would be a carver.

2001 Young Carvers from Cape Dorset: JohnnyLee Pudlat and Ashevak Adla, The Albers Gallery of Inuit Art, San Francisco, CA
2000 Ashivak Adla: The Artist's Hand Inuit Sculpture Portfolio, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
1999 Nature and Transformation: Inuit Art, Pucker Gallery, Boston, MA
1997 Stone and Bone, The Inuit Master Carvers of the Canadian Arctic, Sun Valley Centre for the Arts and Humanities, Ketchum, ID
1988 Die Kunst aus der Arktis, presented by Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, in Gutersloh, Germany

2005 Cape Dorset Sculpture FEATURED FRONT COVER PAGE 97,100



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