Carving is usually the first thing that comes to mind when people think about northern art. But just like other art forms in the Arctic, carving is evolving and changing.
Toonoo Sharky is a longtime carver based in Cape Dorset, Nunavut and has developed an instantly recognizable style that’s become a favourite of collectors.
In fact, it’s hard to find an Inuit art gallery in Canada, that doesn’t have his work as part of their collection.
In this 2010 conversation with Eye on the Arctic’s Eilís Quinn, Sharky talked about his craft and his hopes for the next generation of northern carvers.