16" Striking Black Walking Bear by Ashevak Adla
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Inuit art: Walking Bear
Inuit Artist: Ashevak Adla
Size: 16" long, 9" tall, 7" wide. 25.4 lbs.
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: Black Marble
This carving literally fell into my lap!
It is tied for first place as being the nicest medium size bear I have ever seen. The other winning bear was carved by Henry Evaluardjuk.
The pictures of this majestic bear speak for themselves.
It is my professional opinion that it is extremely rare to see such deep and uniform black marble used in carving. This is the highest quality premium piece that you will ever see in Inuit art. It is one of the single best representations of a walking bear that I have ever seen.
This Adla bear is a centrepiece for your collection. The crisp lines and smooth curves meld together hand in hand. The polished mirror shine rides the surface of the deep black stone, bringing the piece to a euphoric level. Deep, inky black stone finished with a pristine crisp mirror shine. Magic and majesty.
You will probably never see the beauty of this black bear again. In the last decade, we have only seen two big black bears like this in our gallery. In addition to the beauty of the piece, add the talent and notoriety of Ashevak Adla. He is one of the world’s top Inuit artists and this man is the very best artist for bear carvings.
Adla’s dancing and walking bears are always in high demand. They sell quickly. This is an exceptionally well made bear. The silky, smooth black stone is mesmerizing.
This sculpture is a “must” for your collection. The proportion, size, colour of the stone, texture; all of these qualities are A-1 in this piece.
This is a centrepiece sculpture for any gallery or personnel collection.
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