Sharky, Toonoo (born June 5, 1970, Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada) Sculptor.
Toonoo is the son of the late carver Josephee Sharky and Ragee Killiktee, who carves once in a while. "My younger brothers, Napachie and Alasua are also carving", says Toonoo.
"I was influenced by my grandfather Kopapik Ragee, and also by Shorty
Killiktee. The first carving I did was at the age of ten. I think it was a
bird or a seal." Toonoo has been carving ever since and it has been his only source of income. He likes to carve in serpentine and marble.
"I like the colours and also the textures of both stones. When I'm starting on a piece of stone, I like to slowly work on the piece until the shape starts forming into a shape I can recognize. Sometimes I just go by the shape of the stone. My favourite subjects are bird figures with human faces."
-from an interview with the
Inuit Art Section Nov. 1994.
Toonoo has participated in numerous exhibits since 1987. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia and
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Special honors and achievements include Qatuujiqatgit Sanaguatit-Contemporary Carving/Sculpting Session
organized by the Inuit Artists' College at the Ottawa School of Art in
April/May, 1991 and
Coral Gables, Fla. International Festival
of Craft Arts,1994, first prize for sculpture.
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