Art Type
Original Drawing
Original coloured pencil and oil/chalk pastel drawing on paper
Original Drawing
Size (in)
Paper (H x W): 30 x 44 inches
Size (cm)
Paper (H x W): 76 x 112 cm
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Inuung’ by Jutai Toonoo — Cape Dorset Inuit Art from Dorset Fine Arts 2013 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.

Condition:          No condition to be noted.

Description by Artist:     No description by artist found.

Notes from DaVic Gallery:   A geographic illustration of treacherous and amazing body for careful exploration and discovery.  Again, we look at this intriguing composition by Jutain Toonoo and you ask yourself, is this Inuit Art?   How?  The viewer cannot help feel drawn into such expression of female sensuality in this composition.  This drawing exudes sensuality, femininity and perhaps risk of getting lost if one is not careful.   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 is what brought you to the 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?  Don’t.  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?

… this deceptive map is of a woman’s body from her waist, hips, inner thighs and right to most inner part of this land and most desirable by men.  At first sight the viewer is easily deceived to think this is a map of some sort and after careful appreciation one can then identify this is the torso of a woman.  Though maps are meant to give guidance, this provides the viewer no help where to land, where to continue and at what pace.  Dangerous ravines and cliffs, and sometimes clear and deceptively inviting and safe trails to follow where the wrong move or decision can lead the explorer into lonely despair in the cold.   The terrain changes and sometimes deceptively navigable an explorer of love may be lost never to be found again.  There is only one way and the work never ends even if rewarded as this land and map is ever changing.

It is very interesting to see Jutai decides not to draw this vertically to include breasts, or that her hip is only partly drawn on the left side and complete on the right side giving even more the impression of an island.  An island where a man desires to be lost forever.   Colour palette is mostly dark, unglamorous and unfavorable and yet the entire composition breathes life and sensuality.  The size of this piece is rather large at 30” high and 44” wide or 76 cm high and over one meter wide, quiet appropriate for this composition.