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Jutai Toonoo

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Jutai Toonoo (1959 - 2015)
Stoic, 2011
sugar-lift etching & aquatint, 47 x 31.5 in.

 

Artist Biography
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With a vision that is at once highly personal and often politically subversive, Cape Dorset’s Jutai Toonoo is a dynamic voice in contemporary Inuit art and in Canadian art more generally. Born in 1959, Toonoo belongs to the first generation of Inuit to grow up in permanent year-round settlements as opposed to small seasonal camps. He learned to carve by watching his father, Toonoo Toonoo, a respected leader and first-generation carver. Nevertheless, Jutai’s work bears little resemblance to other Cape Dorset sculpture, eschewing such standard subjects as wildlife and mythological figures. He is perhaps best known for his boldly formed sculptures of human heads, which he renders as though lost in a kind of agitated sleep.  Many of Toonoo’s sculptures bear witty or satirical inscriptions of text carved in English directly onto the stone’s surface. In recent years, he has become an active participant in Cape Dorset Co-op’s drawing and printmaking program, producing a series of drawings of human heads and portraits in a semi-abstract style that combines a haunted expressionism with cartoon-like renderings.


 

Selected Press
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VANCOUVER SUN

GEORGIA STRAIGHT


Gallery Exhibitions

SWEET INNOVATION: Sugar-Lift Etchings by Tony Anguhalluq, Kenojuak Ashevak, Jamasie Pitseolak and Jutai Toonoo
June 18 - July 30, 2011
 
EXTREME DRAWING
July 18 - August 30, 2009
 
LIFE FORMS: JUTAI TOONOO IN CAPE DORSET
August 13 - September 25, 2005


Public Collections
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Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, ON)
National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON)


Selected References
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Robin Laurence, "Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration and Sweet Innovation," Border Crossings, vol. 30 no. 4, pp. 96 - 97.
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Michelle Lewin, “Breaking Ground: Oil Stick Drawing from Cape Dorset,” Inuit Art Quarterly, Vol.24, No. 1, Spring 2009
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Brian Lynch, “A carve above the rest,” The Globe and Mail, August 19, 2005


Gallery Information
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MARION SCOTT GALLERY
2423 GRANVILLE STREET
VANCOUVER, BC CANADA V6H 3G5
TEL: 604.685.1934
FAX: 604.685.1890
ART@MARIONSCOTTGALLERY.COM

 
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