6.25" Black Walking Bear by Elijah Kavik
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Inuit art: Walking Bear
Artist: Elijah Kavik
Size: 6.25" long, 4" high, 2" wide, 4.1 lbs
Community: Sanikiluaq, NU
This is a fine example of Kavik verging on the abstract. His road towards abstraction is via the streamlining of body and shape while always keeping in mind the importance of retaining the essential bearlike character of the object; its power, its ferocity and its bulk. When working on a small scale, Kavik achieves this by exaggerating the largeness of the forms.
The neck, compressing the torso into the realm of abstract, is a deliberate exaggeration by the artist to create further exhilaration.