Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Happy People (1977)

by

  • Medium: stonecut
  • Size: 25 × 37 inches
  • Edition: 35
  • Reference Code: ST1977-01

Simon Tookoome

Simon Tookoome

Inuit

Baker Lake, Nunavut Territory, Canada

(1934-2010)

Simon Tookoome was known in his community as a skillful hunter, respected elder, justice of the peace, drumdancer, an expert with the forty-foot whip, and as a renowned artist. It was through his unique imagery in drawings, prints and sculpture that he became internationally acclaimed. He was a self-taught carver who began carving in stone and antler in the late 1960s, but it was his drawing that gave him the freedom to depict his ideas and images from his experiences of living on the land.