Art Type
Original Drawing
Original graphite, coloured pencil, oil/chalk pastel drawing on paper
Original Drawing
Size (in)
Paper (H x W): 30 x 23 in
Size (cm)
Paper (H x W): 76 x 58 cm
Not Framed, please enquire
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Naked’ by Jutai Toonoo — Cape Dorset Inuit Art from Dorset Fine Arts 2015 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:   Again, we look at this intriguing drawing 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 exhales sensuality and femininity.   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?

My first impression was that she is standing, but for the position of her breasts then seems to be floating in water or laying down in bed … posing … or waiting perhaps? The dim light of a candle illuminates her left front side with some glare where the light no longer reaches in her body …. First this appears to be a sensual muse posing and then we see that hollow space where the heart is giving the impression that Jutai is expressing something deeper about this sensual female body, we also see that this sensual body has no face.  Jutai prefers not to draw portraits of people other than his own or his wife for fear they might not like it, but he likes and does a beautiful work drawing nudes of women.  He admires their beauty.  The body is young, slim, erect nipples, perfect that perhaps showing there is no heart and no face makes this a platonic attraction where he cannot be hurt by how she feels or how she looks, talks or responds back to him… “allow me to just secretly admire you and love you..” is what he might be saying as he draws her from his memory.   I think he started by hurriedly tracing and retracing the left side then continued to finished the silhouette … then he really slows down when giving colour to the her body.