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Whale Bone Carving of an Otter by Alaskan Artist CHUPAK

$295.00

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  • Product description

    Continually inspired by the wondrous nature of Alaska, carving artist Chupak created this otter from whale bone. Holding a white clam shell, the figure’s back sits on an abstract wood stand.

     

    About the Artist:
    Chupak is an Alaskan artist who was born in Cambodia. He and his family of 9 were forced into labor by the communist regime. After both of his parents and four siblings died of starvation, Chupak, age 12, and his remaining family members fled to Thailand to escape the dire conditions. Soon after, they were interred in a refugee camp. Chupak took up carving due to keep himself busy using whatever materials he could find around the camp. He sold works to passing visitors to  help sustain his family. It was at this time that he encountered a picture of Alaska that intrigued and inspired him. At 17, he and his family were sponsored from an American family and settled in Seattle. There, Chupak attended high school and continued to refine his carving. His ambition to travel to Alaska continued, as he had the resources to study the culture, geography and nature of the state. At 20, he fulfilled his dream of visiting Alaska, and moved there soon after. His carvings are continuously inspired by the Alaskan spirit that carried him through his oppressed childhood. 

     

    KK 126181

  • Product condition

    Excellent condition.

  • Product Size

    7"W x 5"D x 2.5"H