13" "My Brother" Shaman Spirit by Samonie Toonoo
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Inuit art: Shaman
Size: 13" tall, 6.5" wide, Weight: 7 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset
Stone: Serpentine, bone antler
Inuit Artist: Samonie Toonoo
This piece depicts the brother of Samonie - Jutai who recently passed away. He was an artist famous for his printmaking. Samonie and Jutai were very close up until Jutai's death. He made this and a series of other pieces to commemorate his brother.
In purely formal terms this piece is an inspired assemblage of form and line, harmonious and really quite sophisticated.
When I saw this piece, I was immediately drawn to it. Completely captivated, and mesmerized... quite possibly from the spirit inside.
If I was to describe this piece in one word - "Timeless". It was made in 2016 no doubt, but you would never know it by looking at it. Is this a first generation, or modern avant-garde? To the beholder to decide. This piece will hold its disposition for eternity. It is "Timeless".
The foliage of hair nestled into the stone fused by the bone face bring all elements together to extentuate the highlights of the beautiful dark grey stone. This piece will no doubt garnish the chronicles on inuit art magazines and auction house covers in years to come.
The proportions, lines and finish of the stone is also done to perfection.
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