7" Shaaman Skull Shaman by Samonie Toonoo

Samonie Toonoo



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Inuit art: Shaaman Skull
Size: 6.5" tall, 4" wide, Weight: 3 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: serpentine
Inuit Artist: Samonie Toonoo
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In purely formal terms this piece is an inspired assemblage of form and line, harmonious and really quite sophisticated. In this hauntingly ambiguous work, Samonie surprises us with the "hidden demon" spirit (found at the back). These are our inner evils that continuously battle our everyday conscience. It is present in all of us.   

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 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.

Exhibitions
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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