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Walking Bear


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Artist: Ashevak Adla

Description: Walking Bear

Dimensions (in inches): 7 (H) x 17 (W)

Price: $8, 950.00

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Ashevak Adla

Ashevak Adla

Date of Birth: February 22, 1977
Residence: Cape Dorset
Medium/Materials: Carving – Serpentine

Ashevak Adla was born on February 22, 1977 at the nursing station in Cape Dorset on Baffin Island, part of the Northwest Territories. He is the eldest child of Kumajuk and David Adla, and the grandson of Cape Dorset Carver, Audia Pee.

It was his grandfather, Audia, who taucht him to carve. Ashevak would watch Audia carving birds and soon he could not help but try his grandfather’s tools. His first pieces were simple carvings, like the head of birds or seals, but it wasn’t long before he ventured into depicting more intricate subject matter.

Ashevak is one of the most promising Cape Dorset carvers of the young generation. He excels in representing walking and dancing bears, birds with wide open wings and playful carefree seals and walrus. He carves in serpentine, a very hard stone indigenous to Baffin Island with a composition similar to jade.


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Select Exhibitions:

  • 2001 – Young carvers from Cape Dorset: Johnee Lee Pudlat and Ashevak Adla, The Albers Gallery of Inuit Art, San Francisco, CA
  • 2000 – Ashevak 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



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  • Sun Spirit Gallery
  • Canada House Gallery


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