Inuit art: Flying Arctic Char
Inuit Artist: Toonoo Sharky
Size: 21" tall, 12" wide, 8" deep Weight: 38.6 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: Black Marble
The visage of the Black marble stone is striking to its very core. The radiance that is emitted from its tonality is second to none. I have never seen black stone as pure as this.
The stoically and dramatic black stone render this piece to new levels whereas the vibrancy is nothing short of stunning.
Toonoo began his tenure as a carver at the early age of ten, and entered his first exhibition while still in his teens. He is widely recognized as a major carving talent. This transformation subject is typical of his best work; it epitomizes the Cape Dorset aesthetic and shows off Toonoo's consummate technical skill, flair and humor.
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