This is a breathtaking piece by world acclaimed Ottokie Samayualie. What really stands out for me are the voluptuousness of the curves and the smooth proportions. It is very streamlined and cut to the highest degree and quality as far as walking bears go.
Furthermore, the dark stone with a hint of green hues and light green blotches really intensify the overall dynamic of the piece.
Ottokie is one of the most prominent Inuit artists today for bears and has had numerous works participate all over the world in exhibitions.
Ottokie is the son of Cape Dorset artists Johnny and Kuluajuke Tunnillee. Ottokie has followed the same artistic path, as in Nunavut, 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.