Simon Tookoome Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

(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.

Historical Sale Highlights

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Young Girl With Bonnet
James Wilson Morrice
pencil drawing (4x6 in) 1906
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Hauling Logs, Digby Harbour #2
Maud Lewis
Oil on Board (12x14 in) circa 1964
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Freighter Birch Bark canoes
Frederick Arthur Verner
Watercolour (11.75x24.75 in) circa 1888
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Dark Pattern
Robert Genn
acrylic (11x14 in) 2006
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Mountain Landscape
Robert Pilot
oil on panel (8x10.5 inch)
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Untitled - Fishing Boats
John Adams Spelman
oil on canvas (24x36 in) 1920
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Untitled - Laurentian Village
Alexander Young Jackson
Silkscreen (21x26 in) circa 1962
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Labyrinthe
Henriette Fauteux-Masse
oil on panel (26x20 in) 1962
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Norman Bay, Lake of the Woods, No.1
Walter Joseph Phillips
colour woodcut (29.2x21.3 in) 1920
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The Butterfly
William Kurelek
oil on panel (14x11 in) 1964
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