Photo: Samonie Toonoo



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.

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), 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.




Samonie (Sam) Toonoo was a carver from Kinngait (Cape Dorset) and is acknowledged for his creativity and refined talents within the artistic community. Toonoo has become known for contrasting light and dark elements within his sculpture to visualize the relationship between spirits, death, religion, pop culture, technology and the Inuit community. His artistic hallmark is the contrast of figures sculpted from dark, veined serpentinite inset with polished antler carved into angular, deeply contoured faces. Though initially not widely exhibited his work continues to gain momentum among audiences.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Choice: Samonie Toonoo Winter 2017 Kyra Vladykov Fisher
Dorset Seen 2016 Sandra Dyck, Leslie Boyd
A Passion for the Arctic: The Hans van Berkel Collection 2016 Cunera Buijs


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
This Is It With It As It Is Nov 2016-Jan 2017 AHVA Gallery, University of British Columbia
Small Treasures Jan-Feb 2017 Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Small Sculptures by Great Artists Nov 2015-Jan 2016 Feheley Fine Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
TD Gallery of Inuit Art Toronto, ON, Canada

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November 27, 2017 Created by: Rebecca Gray