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Sheojuke
Toonoo

Credit: Qikiqtani Inuit Association
Sheojuke
Toonoo

Medium:

beading, drawing, fabric, printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kinngait, NU

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.


1928

Date of Death:

Artists may have multiple dates of death listed as a result of when and where they passed away. Similar to date of birth, an artist may have passed away outside of a community centre or in another community resulting in different dates being recorded.

2010

Work

Biography

Sheojuke Tonoo was an accomplished seamstress, carver and graphic artist. She began making carvings and drawings in the 1950s. Her early carvings are quite rare but often depict animals and transformation scenes. Sheojuke occasionally made drawings and one was made into a stonecut, Small Owl, 1965. Sheojuke stopped producing art for the commercial market in the late 1960s though she continued to make clothing. Her favourite items to make were Kamiks. In 2000 she enrolled in the Nunavut Arctic College Printmaking and Drawing Program. In the years that followed she produced a small, but incredibly significant body of work that included woodcuts, etchings and stencils. Sheojuke Toonoo was an influential artist in her community. Three of her children, Oviloo Tunnillie, Jutai Toonoo and Samonie Toonoo, went on to be some of the most individual and vital artists of their generation.View Long Biography and Citations

Publications

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Title Year Author
Toonoo’s Legacy: Three Generations of Artists in the Family of Oviloo Tunnillie 2003 Michelle Lewin
Toonoo's Legacy 2002
Art by Women: An Investigation of Inuit Sculpture and Graphics 2002 Michelle Lewin

Exhibitions

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Name Year Gallery
The Eskimo Art Collection of the Toronto-Dominion Bank 1967 Toronto-Dominion Bank
Inoonoot Eskima: Grafik och Skulptur fran Cape Dorset och Povungnituk 1967 Konstfrämjandet
Cape Dorset Graphics, 1966 (annual collection) Dorset Fine Arts