Massive 24" Dark Stone Bird Spirit by Famous Toonoo Sharky
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Inuit art: Bird Spirit
Inuit Artist: Toonoo Sharky
Size: over 24" tall, 16" wide, 8" deep, 53 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Toonoo began his tenur 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.
This work by Toonoo is decidedly sombre 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 birds overall ecstasy, together with the overall totemic format gives us hints of possible meanings.
On a more personal note; seeing this piece for the first time, I knew I had to have it. The pronounced white eyes contrasting with the intense and magnificent darkish stone really make this piece "pop". Its a wonderfully crafted abstract piece of art that would look especially amazing in a modernistic open concept home or condo as well as an office.
To further describe this piece in the words that it properly deserves, everything essentially comes together perfectly in unison. The crispness of the white eyes, the incredible detail of the wings and feathers, the gorgeous dark stone, to the expression on the birds face. The life and motion of this piece make the bird almost want to lift off on its own. The curvatures, and polish are all triple-A.
Even if I asked Toonoo to make me another one like this, he wouldn't be able to. Something as beautiful as this piece almost happens by accident. An artist like Toonoo will do his best to mold the stone, but so many other factors come into play in having a masterpiece like this come to being.
This beautiful bird is new and a masterpiece for any museum. Above and beyond the exquisite lines and curves, it is also massively big - making it a statement piece for any home or gallery (like ours). It is the first piece my clients or guests notice when entering our gallery.