Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Spirit Face Transformation (2000)

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“This is a spirit face, transforming into an ugly creature. Very scary—with a wide mouth, sharp fangs and a powerful jaw that can taste big and small bites. Some are easy to carve, some are more difficult creature ideas that come with and without stories.”

Toonoo Sharky

Toonoo Sharky

RCA

Inuit

Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada

(1970- )

Toonoo’s parents, Josephee Sharky and Ragee Killiktee, were both carvers, though he credits his grandfather Kuppapik Ragee and his uncle Shorty Killiktee as influences. Toonoo started carving at ten, began to get serious at thirteen and first exhibited when he was just seventeen. He is regarded as one of the most exciting young carvers to emerge in the Arctic. His themes include fanciful and quite dramatic treatments of wildlife, particularly birds, and transformational works that are both powerful and humorous. His work is widely shown, and he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 2003.