9" Striking Black Walking Bear by Ashevak Adla
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Inuit art: Dancing Bear
Inuit Artist: Ashevak Adla
Size: 9" long, 4" wide, 4.5" tall. 5.4 lbs.
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: serpentine (greyish/greenish black)
This carving fell on my lap. It is literally tide for the nicest medium sized bear I have ever seen. The other one was by Henry Evaluardjuk. The pictures will speak for themselves.
If i can add my own opinion, first off, to see a carving done in a black uniform marble stone like this is a rarity. This is as premium - high quality type of piece you will ever see. It is a centrepiece. The crisp lines and smooth curves go hand in hand with the mirror shine polish riding the surface of this deep black stone. And black it is, finished to a mirror shine.
You will probably never see a beautiful black bear like this again. To add to this piece, it was done by the worlds top Inuit artist - Ashevak Adla. This man is the very best in bear carvings.
Dancing and walking bears by Ashevak Adla are always in demand, they get sold fast. This is a exceptionally well made bear done in a silky smooth dark stone. A must have for your collection. Proportions, size, stone color, texture, finesse are all A-1 on this piece.
A center piece for any art gallery.
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 Dorest Sculpture FEATURED FRONT COVER PAGE 97,100