13" Lying Goose by Famous Toonoo Sharky
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Inuit art: Lying Goose
Inuit Artist: Toonoo Sharky
Size: 12.5" long, 2.5" tall, 4" deep
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
This is a gorgeous lying goose. One of our favorites by Toonoo. The beautiful stone, movement and innocence send positive waves throughout our gallery.
Toonoo began his tenure as a carver at the early age of ten, and entered his first exhibition while still in his teens. He is widely recognized as a major carving talent.
This transformation subject is typical of his best work; it epitomizes the Cape Dorset aesthetic and shows off Toonoo's consummate technical skill, flair and humor.
This work by Toonoo is decidedly sombre compared to previous works. It depends not so much on artistic virtuosity as mood for its impact. The presence of emboldened eyes and a hint of the goose's overall ecstasy, together with the overall totemic format gives us hints of possible meanings.