16" Two Way Flying Arctic Char Fish "Covid Collection" by Toonoo Sharky

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Inuit art: Flying Arctic Char
Inuit Artist: Toonoo Sharky
Size: 16" across (14" tall), 10" wide, 7" deep, 16 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: Serpentine
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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.


This masterpiece can be positioned in two different stances.

The visage of the dark marble stone is striking to its very core. The radiance that is emitted from its tonality is second to none. This is one of the very top pieces we at the gallery have ever seen Toonoo accomplish.

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.



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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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