Art Type
Original Drawing
Original graphite and watercolour drawing on arches white paper
Original Drawing
Size (in)
(H x W): 29 ¾ x 41 ¾ in
Size (cm)
(H x W): 76 x 106 cm
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Relaxing’ 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:          No condition to be noted.

Description by Artist:     No description by artist found.

Notes from DaVic Gallery:    Well, isn’t this an unusual subject for a drawing, for an Inuit drawing that is?   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?

Interesting composition … close-up of a faceless person simply sitting on a surface. The surface seems to be on a slope because the torso and one leg leans to the left to keep balance from falling to the other side… but it is not much effort to do so because the arms and hands are very relaxed and don’t need to help the body to keep in balance.  It is indeed inviting, to come to such level of relaxation, not in the spiritual meditation sense, bust simply relaxing because there is nothing to hurry or worry about.  No worry about the shape of the body, this person has nice large belly, and … this is where I struggle … I initially thought and was sure this was a self-portrait of Jutai relaxing, but this might be a woman, not Jutai’s wife I would speculate because of the size. I think this is the torso of a woman sitting because the chest is covered with what appears to be a bra, and if it a bra, it is holding this woman’s breasts.   Could this be an image Jutai retained when he perhaps visited a beach and there was this woman simply with no care in the world?  I would’ve remember such event because these days we all worry about stuff … just worry and live restless.  We seem to find impossible to just relax without having to sit the couch and look at our mobile phones for updates from social media or from work.  How many of us can just really just sit and relax without having to watch tv and catch up with our tv series or read a book or without any aid influenced from our advanced society?

This composition achieves a nice warming relaxing energy with the use of warm colours, yellow, orange, red.