12" "Covid Collection" Owl Transformation by Toonoo Sharky
can be reserved, please contact us
Inuit art: Owl Transformation
Inuit Artist: Toonoo Sharky
Size: 11.5" tall, 10" tall, 3.5" deep
Community: Cape Dorset, NU (Carved in Iqaluit, NU)
Provenance - January 1st, 2021**
Back in April, 2020, we launched a rare and exceptional collection of Toonoo Sharky pieces. These sculptures were carved when Inuit artists were locked down inside their homes during the early months of the Covid pandemic. Only a few artists had available material to carve which resulted in the production of a few select sculptures.
One of those artists was Master Carver - Toonoo Sharky.
We felt compelled to record this global historical moment and compiled a special booklet documenting our “Covid Collection”. Any collector who purchased a piece from the Covid Collection received the booklet and a provenance for the sculpture documenting its unique story.
In any event, the Toonoo Sharky pieces we are adding today (January 1st, 2021) were carved in April, 2020 and are from the same collection as our Covid Collection. They were previously in the hands of another gallery but have made their way home to us.
Happily, through a twist of fate, we can offer our clients PART 2 of the Covid Collection.
When you purchase any of these five historic Toonoo Sharkey carvings, you will receive a Provenance in the form of a Booklet outlining the unique circumstances surrounding these sculptures.
These Covid Collection pieces will sell quickly.
They have historical significance AND their diminutive size makes for an appealing price point.
Toonoo has signed this sculpture on the bottom and it comes with the Igloo Tag of Authenticity as well as the Covid Collection Booklet and provenance.
Toonoo Sharky (1970 - )
"Toonoo's parents, Josephee Sharky and Ragee Killiktee, were both carvers, though he credits his grandfather, master carver Kuppapik Ragee and his uncle Shorty Killiktee as influences. Toonoo started carving at ten, began to get serious at thirteen and first exhibited when he was just 17. He is regarded as one of the most exciting young carvers to emerge in the Arctic. His themes include fanciful and quite dramatic treatment of wildlife, particularly birds, and transformational works that are both powerful and humorous. His work is widely shown, and he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 2003." *
* from "Cape Dorset Sculpture", Douglas & McIntyre, 2005