Night Sky

Art Type
Original Drawing
Original coloured pencil 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
Not Framed
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‘Night Sky’ by Jutai Toonoo — Cape Dorset Inuit Art from Dorset Fine Arts 2010 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.

Condition:          This drawing shows two dents in the top right edge of the paper that because the paper is black this damage is not very noticeable.

Description by Artist:     No description by artist found.

Notes from DaVic Gallery:    We have certainly seen different Inuit art landscape representations in the dark, but have you seen something like this one?  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?

I think this is a really amazing composition of a Night Time in the arctic where the white if the snow and ice reflects the moon light so much that the entire landscape is illuminated in white light.  My initial impression was that it was a drawing of the earth seen from the moon, the way an astronaut would see it, but on closer look it was clear it is the moon, which radiates that clear light onto the land.

Jutai was not much of a hunter, though he would sometimes engage in such activity, which is a cultural tradition.  So perhaps this view could be during a hunting trip, or simply from the outskirts of the town. Breathtaking view.