Artwork by Simon Tookoome,  These Shaman Can Do All Sorts of Things

Simon Tookoome (Qamani'tuaq / Baker Lake)
These Shaman Can Do All Sorts of Things

inscribed with the artist’s name in syllabics, title and numbered “AP” in the lower margin
18.75 x 23.25 ins ( 47.6 x 59.1 cms ) ( sight )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Price Realized $300.00
Sale date: March 22nd 2022

Private Collection, Toronto

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Simon Tookoome
(1934 - 2010)

From the nomadic generation of Inuit who had grown up in the traditional life on the land before moving into a settlement in Baker Lake. In his community, he was a founding member of the Co-operative print shop, was a respected leader, and renowned artist.

It was through his unique imagery in drawings, prints and sculpture that he became internationally acclaimed. He was a self-taught carver who began carving in stone and antler in the late 1960s, but it was his drawing that gave him the freedom to depict his ideas and images from his experiences of living on the land. Besides making his drawings, he also was a stone-cutter, producing the blocks for most of his prints. After moving into Baker Lake in 1968, he worked in construction, mining, fisheries, and education (teaching carving to school children), as well as being a cameraman and interviewer for the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation. For forty-five years he attended and participated in solo and group exhibitions all over the world, contributed to the annual Baker Lake print collections from 1971-1990, and his art is documented and referenced in many catalogues and publications.

His drawings are a legacy that give us a rare glimpse into his shamanic world of transformation and offer us an insight into a world that has disappeared and is now all but forgotten.