14" Arctic Char Spirit Fish by Toonoo Sharky

Toonoo Sharky

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Inuit art: Arctic Char
Inuit Artist: Toonoo Sharky
Size: 14.5" tall, 8" wide, 3" deep
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: Serpentine
id: ndc-191-1266469cijjyred

This work by Toonoo is decidedly electrifying compared to previous works. It depends not so much on artistic virtuosity as mood for its impact. The presence of emboldened eyes and a hint of the Char's overall ecstasy, together with the overall totemic format gives us hints of possible meanings.
“Char Spirit” presented by Master Carver Toonoo Sharkey (1970-).

Toonoo Sharkey is widely recognized and accepted as a major carving talent of the Inuit art world.

This precocious talent began carving at the tender age of ten and entered his first art exhibition while in his teens!

“Char Spirit” is irrefutable proof of Toonoo’s mastery of carving and his innate ability to contrast a sense of the dramatic against the lightness of humour within his carvings.

In choosing brilliant dark serpentine stone for this piece, Toonoo departs from his usually earthy colour palette.

The impact of this choice, is the creation of a profound tension within this proud fish, magnified by the contrast between the pure white eyes and the brilliant dark body.

The electrical power in this piece is palpable.

Indeed, the extensive network of fine white veins within the marble, vibrates and dances like an electrical storm on a hot summer night!

The ecstasy spirit of “Char Spirit” demands that the viewer recognizes not only Toonoo Sharkey’s profound technical skills but his magical ability to tease out the spiritual energy from the heart and souls of his creatures.

No doubt, any viewer lucky enough to include “Char Spirit” in their art collection, will be the envy of their peers!

“Char Spirit” is new and in perfect condition.

The carving is signed on the bottom and comes with the IGLOO tag of authentication.

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

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