Latcholassie Akesuk, Bird-seal transformation, c. 1965
2 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. (6.3 x 13.3 x 3.2 cm)
Ex Albrecht Collection
In true Latcholassie fashion, this carving is somewhat ambiguous in appearance. Although the overall form is that of a seal, its head is decidedly bird-like. The carving’s small size and beautiful finish lend this
creature an intimate quality that is not often found in Latcholassie’s work.
Latcholassie Akesuk | Bird-seal transformation | c. 1965 | Alaska on Madison
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Latcholassie Akesuk, BIRD, ex coll. William Johnstone
7 x 7 x 2 in.
From "Tuvaq," by Ken Mantell: "The son of legendary carver Tudlik (noted for his small owls), Latcholassie is best known for his much bolder, larger and abstracted carvings of owls, other birds, humans and mythical pieces. These pieces have a very distinctive style, being rendered with minimal impact on the stone. . . . His birds often have a joyful quality, with the artist's enthusiasm and sense of humour shining through. They tend to have a strong sense of mass -- the large forms requiring little working to create a remarkably expressive effect."
Latcholassie Akesuk | BIRD, ex coll. William Johnstone | | Alaska on Madison
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