Looking for the Messiah
‘Looking for the Messiah’ by Jutai Toonoo — Cape Dorset Inuit Art from Dorset Fine Arts 2012 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: Tape marks verso from previous exhibit framing. This does not affect front.
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: Yet another self-portrait by Jutai charged with drama and irony of a culture erased and replaced with new religious beliefs. God is your savior and Jutai in desperation seeks for answers and for peace, “where are you?” he asks…
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?
The blank sheet of letter-size (8.5” x 11”) paper covering part of the image in the last picture is for size reference.