8.5" Dancing Bear by Ottokie Samayualie
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Inuit art: Dancing Bear
Inuit Artist: Ottokie Samayualie
Size: 8.5" tall, 5.5" wide, 5" deep, 4.5 lbs.
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Ottokie Samayualie is among the best artists for medium sized dancing and walking bears. His pieces have a great amount of flow and movement to them and really exemplify the spirit of a dancing bear. I never hesitate to acquire his pieces as they are all carved to perfection.
This is a nicely sized bear. The intense stone is very radiant and warm. The dynamics and movements of this piece are what encompass absolute perfection within the realm of a dancing bear.
Ottokie is the son of Cape Dorset artists Johnny and Kuluajuke Tunnillee. Ottokie has followed the same artistic path as his parents as 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.