This little guy looks like he just came out of hibernation, and is checking out the "new" world. The skill of the carver is shown in the bear standing on just two legs. Beautifully carved from wonderfully coloured soapstone, this bear shows the rolls of fur that would be typical of a bear at that time of year. The angles typical of this carver are also prominent throughout this piece. A great small piece to start, or add to, a collection.
Size: 6" long, 4" high at the shoulder, approximately 4" wide.
The Carver: Wesley Booker grew up on the north channel of Lake Huron, an upbringing that would eventually draw him back artistically to his art medium of choice. Wesley has always been interested in a variety of art. He participated in many visual art shows including at the Ethel Curry Gallery in Haliburton. In 2005 he attended Haliburton School of the Arts for the Artist Blacksmith certification. His love of art and design took him next to St. Lawrence College and an advanced diploma in Graphic Design.
In 2016, he started taking summer intensive courses at Haliburton School of the Arts for stone, carving by hand, power tools, and advanced studio practice methods. Wesley has found stone carving to be the most satisfying of all, both because of his love of the North Channel landscape and because it has been the most challenging. He also feels it is the most ‘pure’ and ‘simplistic’ medium. “The Canadian shield stone has its ageless forms which inspire my work to carve themselves from the tools used.”
“The beauty of working with stone is its timelessness. Stone is birthed from of the earth, formed and sculpted in its own perfect way, and I can bring new life to it carving with old and new methods.”