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Artist of the moment…..Toonoo Sharky and Alasua Sharky

Toonoo Sharky is one of the best up and coming Inuit carvers. Toonoo Sharky was born in the Cape Dorset, Nunavet Territory, Canada in the year 1970. His parents were both renown artists Josephee Sharky and his father Reggie Killiktee.

Toonoo starting carving at age 10. He worked at it seriously starting at age 13. At age 17 was considered good enough to be professional!

His major theme is birds.

Price range: Most works priced between $600 and $4,000.

Grandfather is Shorty Killiktee.

Toonoo Sharky was elected to the Royal Canadian in 2003.

In this clip we see one of the arts beautiful birds.

Another bird from Toonoo Sharky.

Another signature theme by Inuit artists is the transformation of someone, usually a shaman, into another creature. We see an example by Toonoo Sharky here.

A brother named Alasua Sharky who is also a sculptor. Alasua began to carve when he was 15 years old. His major theme is wildlife and prices range from $300 to $1,000.

Alasua Sharky was born in 1973. He was also born in the Cape Dorset Nunavet Territory.

Make sure and check out my many posts on the great Inuit artists of Canada!