Simon tookoome ‘travel in winter and summer times’
Stonecut and stencil, 1987
38"x 26", image size 22"x 30", unframed
Signed, dated and numbered 35/40, printed by Nancy Kangeryuag (Sevoga)
Simon Tookoome (1934-2010) was from Baker Lake, Nunavut Territory. At different times in his life Tookoome was a fisherman, builder, teacher, jeweller, an artist and carver, all professions which he imbued with traditional Inuit knowledge. Tookoome began by carving bone and soapstone in the 1960s, but was more interested in drawing as it gave him greater artistic freedom. Tookoome’s graphic style is influenced greatly by his childhood and hearing traditional stories from his family. Drawing ideas from the land around him, Tookoome’s aesthetic engages with hybrid animals and shamanic practices.