Artist of the moment…..Jutai Toonoo

Jutai Toonoo is an Inuit artist renown for his portraits and double portraits of his people. Jutai Toonoo was born in the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1959. Another great reason to celebrate this artist is his blend of Inuit influence, perhaps from his parents, mixed with very modern design, perhaps something he learned whilst attending the Nunavut Arctic College where he learned the art of making jewelry.

His art is truly a mix of old and new as for his color works he uses oil pastels. Also interesting the first vase with flowers from Inuit artists. It was just interesting to see someone even attempt a vase with flowers!

price range information: Graphic works priced $1,000 to $2,000. Carvings price not available.

Of the artists profiled here I found him to be the only one that puts the title of his work in English and syllabic verse.

Doesn’t like to wear a mask when carving as he likes to know the dust he is breathing in is killing him. Loves to feel out of energy and drained when he creates his sculptures, likes to give 100%  effort into every piece.

His family is Wyeth like for how many artists are included in it. Both parents and two siblings are professional artists. The mom was named and his father Toonoo Toonoo.

Also a noted jewelry maker and graphic artist.

A quick visit to a gallery opening for Jutai Toonoo.

And here a brief interview with Jutai Toonoo. He is sitting in front of a piece of his done in the medium of a sugar lift etching.

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