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Photo: Jutai Toonoo


drawing, jewellry, printmaking, sculpture/carving, stone

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), 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.

Outpost camp near Kinngait, NU

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.


The Igloo Tag Trademark
The Igloo Tag Trademark is an internationally recognized symbol that denotes handmade, original artwork made by Inuit artists in Canada. Established in 1958, the Trademark is now managed by the Inuit Art Foundation. The appearance of the Igloo Tag on an artist profile means they have had the Trademark applied to their artwork.



Jutai Toonoo was an illustrator, printmaker, jeweller and sculptor based out of Kinngait, NU. Toonoo learned to carve at a young age from his father and began his artistic career in the 1990s, beginning with sculpting and moving towards drawing and printmaking. Toonoo became known for a bold art style that was representative of his emotional process. His works are dark and humorous, often focusing on religious themes or the social issues that concerned him within his community. Toonoo’s work has been exhibited extensively and is held in several major Canadian art institutions. He has also been featured multiple times in the Inuit Art Quarterly.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
A Sneak Peek at Some Current and Upcoming Exhibitions Fall 2017 Nancy Campbell
Tribute: Jutai Toonoo (1959-2015) Spring 2016 Patricia Feheley
Jutai Toonoo: Inuit sculptor went against the grain February 7 2016 James Adams


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Spectacular Beings June - July 2018 Feheley Fine Arts
The Voiced Plate: Contemporary Inuit Prints Dec 2016-Jan 2017 Marion Scott Gallery
Jutai Toonoo November 2016 Madrona Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Spring 2009 Inuit Art Foundation


View Filmography and Details
Title Release Date Role
The REBEL- Jutai Toonoo May 24 2017 Featured Artist
Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage 2014 Featured Artist
Kinngait: Riding Light Into the World 2010 Featured Artist

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada

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November 23, 2017 Created By: Stephanie Barclay Updated By: Rebecca Gray