This little owl is a beautiful example of the work of Ottokie Samayualie from Cape Dorset. Ottokie’s owl nicely shows his talents, even when working on a small scale, and reflects on his promise as a developing master carver in his own right.
Biography of Ottokie Samayualie
Artistic Community: Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU
Date of Birth: 17 June 1980
Ottokie Samayualie was born in Cape Dorsett on Baffin Island in Northern Canada in 1980. He is the son of established Inuit artists Johnny Samayualie and Kuluajuq Ashoona. His uncle and aunt Oviloo Tunnillie are also well known artists.
Ottokie began carving at the age of 9. Most of his work is carved in serpentine, a hard stone known for its dynamic range of colours. His favourite subject is bears which he presents in many different poses. His dancing bears are in demand worldwide.