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Joyful dancing bear, carved from serpentine by Ottokie Samayualie
Joyful dancing bear, carved from serpentine by Ottokie SamayualieJoyful dancing bear, carved from serpentine by Ottokie SamayualieJoyful dancing bear, carved from serpentine by Ottokie SamayualieJoyful dancing bear, carved from serpentine by Ottokie SamayualieJoyful dancing bear, carved from serpentine by Ottokie SamayualieJoyful dancing bear, carved from serpentine by Ottokie SamayualieJoyful dancing bear, carved from serpentine by Ottokie SamayualieJoyful dancing bear, carved from serpentine by Ottokie SamayualieJoyful dancing bear, carved from serpentine by Ottokie SamayualieJoyful dancing bear, carved from serpentine by Ottokie SamayualieJoyful dancing bear, carved from serpentine by Ottokie Samayualie

Dancing Bear by Ottokie Samayualie

$395.00

Artist: Ottokie Samayualie

Community: Cape Dorset

Year: 2014

Media: Serpentine

Description

This is a stunning dancing bear by Ottokie Samayualie, an Inuit artist from Cape Dorset. The pose of the bear catches the eye immediately, then on closer inspection you notice the beauty of the stone. This piece is gorgeous. Expertly carved by Samayualie, the piece is so well balanced it can be displayed in multiple positions. A striking piece of Inuit art.

Additional information

Weight .6 kg
Dimensions 3 x 6 x 5.5 in

About Ottokie Samayulaie

OTTOKIE SAMAYUALIE

Date of Birth: June 17, 1980 Male/Female: Male
Place of Birth: Cape Dorset

Mother: Kuluajuke Tunnillie

Father: Johnny Tunnillie

The community of Cape Dorset boasts more famous artists per capita than any other region in Nunavut. Ottokie is the son of the talented local artists, Johnny and Kuluajuke Tunnillee.

It is not surprising that Ottokie has followed the same artistic path, as in Nunavut, artistic talent is passed on through the family rather than taught in an art academy.

The Cape Dorset sculptural style is a combination of observational naturalism and reduction to stylistic and sometimes abstract forms. This is present in Ottokie’s carvings.

Ottokie takes great care in choosing the stone. His carvings are made of the finest serpentine of varying shades of green and then smoothed and polished to best exhibit the lustre of the stone. Serpentine is a rock with composition similar to that of Jade and is found on Baffin Island. It is a very hard stone that requires more artistic virtuosity to carve than the softer soapstone.

EXHIBITONS:

2006 Rhythms in Motion
Galerie d’art Vincent
Ottawa, Ontario
(illustrated catalogue)

December, 2009 Small Sculptures by Great Artists
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario
(illustrated brochure)

October, 2010 Dancing, Drumming, Singing
Canadian Arctic Gallery
Basel, Switzerland

June – September, 2011 Bear Farandole
Kulik Art Inuit
Quebec City. Quebec

October, 2011 Stone and Paper
Cape Dorset 2011
Native Art Gallery
Oakville, ON
(illustrated catalogue)

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