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Adamie Ashevak

Settlement: Cape Dorset / Kinngait

(1959) — E7-1676

Adamie Ashevak was born at the nursing station in the community of Cape Dorset (Kinngait) in 1959. He is the son of the renowned Cape Dorset artists Kenojuak and Johnniebo. The family was still living in an outpost camp at the time, moving into the community when Ashevak was seven years old so that the children could attend school.

Ashevak began carving when he was around ten years old, learning from both his father and mother, famous for their graphic art, but also accomplished sculptors. He became a serious artist at the age of 18. 

Ashevak has carved a niche for himself among Cape Dorset artists, creating commanding sculptures of animals. Whereas Kenojuak's signature subject was the bird, her son chose the bear as the conduit for his creative energy. "I like polar bears so much. I like to watch them," he explains. "Every time when we are boating and we see a bear, I try to get closer to them." In addition to this type of nature study, he credits Nuna Parr with providing practical tips on the sculpting of bears during his formative years.

Like his mother before him, his art eschews narrative or social commentary in favour of more formal artistic concerns. He conjures massive, fluid figures from hard stone by working with modern power tools that have greatly expanded his technical possibilities. Ashevak works faster and on a larger scale than his mother could ever manage with hand tools, achieving daring compositional feats that add to the powerful realism of his subjects.


Exhibitions

  • Cape Dorset Sculpture, Eskimo Art Inc.

Artwork

Title Last Sold At Auction
BEAR 2008-05 (May 2008)
BEAR WITH INSET EYES 2011-12 (December 2011)
DRUM DANCER 2015-06 (June 2015)
POLAR BEAR 2012-05 (May 2012)
SCENTING BEAR WITH INSET EYES 2019-11 (November 2019)
SHAMAN BIRD TRANSFORMATION 2020-06 (June 2020)
WALKING POLAR BEAR 2012-04 (April 2012)

Recent Auction Results

SHAMAN BIRD TRANSFORMATION
Estimate: 400 — 600
Sold: Jun 2020 — Sold For: $1,200
SCENTING BEAR WITH INSET EYES
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Nov 2019 — Sold For: $720
DRUM DANCER
Estimate: 800 — 1,200
Sold: Jun 2015 — Sold For: $1,200
POLAR BEAR
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: May 2012 — Sold For: $300
WALKING POLAR BEAR
Estimate: 1,000 — 1,500
Sold: Apr 2012 — Sold For: $960
POLAR BEAR
Estimate: 200 — 300
Sold: Feb 2012 — Sold For: $660

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