RESERVED** 11" Haunting Shaman by Samonie Toonoo

Samonie Toonoo

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Inuit art: Shaman
Size: 11" tall, 4" wide, Weight: 3 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: serpentine
Inuit Artist: Samonie Toonoo

When I saw this figure, I was immediately smitten!

The foliage of red hair nestled into the stone skull is unruly and wild. The hood of the cloak covers all of the figure. The figure has no apparent hands or feet.  Is the cloak covering the body, or is this an apparition hovering over the ground with no need for earthly appendages?  

The face supports the suspicion that this figure has passed to the next world.  The eyes are closed, the face is uncommonly pale and the head tilts to one side as if the figure has lost control of his body. 

Samonie carved this piece in 2018, the same year of his death.  This piece will hold its disposition for eternity.  It will no doubt garnish the chronicles of Canadian art magazines and auction house covers for years to come.

This carving, like so many of Toonoo’s pieces, is inspired, sophisticated and mesmerizing.

Samonie Toonoo (1969 - )

Community: Cape Dorset

Samonie is a son of the graphic artist Sheojuk and the carver Toonoo, and the younger brother of sculptors Oviloo Tunnillie and Jutai Toonoo. Samonie began carving in his early twenties, making realistic depictions of wildlife and figurative subjects; now, he tends towards expressing social issues or images that give sculptural shape to more abstract concepts that we all think about but rarely visualize.*

* Cape Dorset Sculpture, 2005.

2001 Small Sculptures by Great Artists, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2001 Baffin Island Sculpture, The Albers Gallery of Inuit Art, San Francisco, CA
2000 Small Sculptures by Great Artists, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1998 Sculpture from the Canadian Arctic, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1997 Singing & Dancing & Playing, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
1979 Die Kuinst aud der Arktis, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany
Our Land Transforming:Celebrating the Enduring Spirit of the Inuit, Arctic Raven Gallery, Friday Harbour, WA

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