Duct Work

Art Type
Original Drawing
Original graphite, oil/chalk pastel on black paper
Original Drawing
Size (in)
Paper (H x W): 30 x 44 inches
Size (cm)
Paper (H x W): 76 x 112 cm
Not Framed
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‘Duct Work by Jutai Toonoo — Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 2012 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.

Condition:          tape marks verso from previous exhibit framing.

Description by Artist:     No description by artist found.

Notes from DaVic Gallery:   Jutai was such an unusual and refreshing Inuit artist surprising us with such intense renditions of objects and topics ordinary for our western modern life.   Would you have even considered this drawing to be categorized as Inuit Art had you not seen in this gallery or presented by Dorset Fine Arts?   Perhaps the need to verify origin is what brought you to visit this details page for this drawing.  Jutai Toonoo certainly will challenge your secured sense of what you understood Inuit Art is all about.  Jutai’s drawings cast a spell on us, the magic that attracts us and keeps us staring at his works, is the intensity of life that breathes from all of his works.  The viewer can feel the energy Jutai put into each of his works and now that energy attracts us, calls us to try to understand what he is expressing.  That is the keyword in Jutai’s works, expression.

Such an amazing, intriguing, refreshing surprise to the Inuit Art collector and connoisseurs alike!  Are you scratching your head?  Simply admire this beautiful and amazing composition that truly overflows with life energy, despite the topic, and that takes higher value when you know how and why this is such a rare piece based on the cultural background of the author.  How can you not just bathe in such moment expressed with such energy Jutai pours into each and every piece he created?

Deep almost neon green lines and shades surrounding an intense dark red vend duct that appears to be floating, hanging off an imaginary none existing celling.  Cleverly balanced using heavier white space background shades of green where the body of the duct is lighter on the paper area.  This piece, as ‘The Saw’, represents to me one century… a single and very tumultuous century of culture absorption and change.  In one century the Inuit culture is absorbed and changed from a nomadic hunting culture to forced settled culture dependant on economy and highly influenced by the modern culture.  All that it had to go through so that they can now use such convenient and trivial mechanism for heat such as the hand saw. So much chaos and confusion and despair and we all can now have available a metal hand vent duct for heating homes and buildings.

This piece, also reminds me of Mark Rothko’s abstract expressionist very much in its minimalist use of colours and the tragedy and drama they may represent.

Reference picture # 8 for size comparison with letter size paper sheet.