Sharky, RCA

Photo: Toonoo Sharky
Sharky, RCA


bone, 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.


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.



Toonoo Sharky is a sculptor from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU. He began carving when he was young and crediting his grandfather, Kopapik Ragee, and his stepfather, Shorty Killiktee, as his artistic influences. Sharky’s practice focuses on abstract representations of animals, spiritual themes and transformations. His work gained popularity in the 1990s, and in 1999 the National Gallery of Canada acquired his sculpture "The Legend of the Blind Boy" (1998). He was elected as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2003.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Shape Shifter October 2015 The Editors
In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun: Sámi and Inuit Art 2000-2005 2006 Jean Blodgett and Irene Snarby
Arctic Spirit: Inuit Art from the Albrecht Collection at the Heard Museum 2006 Ingo Hessel


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Small Treasures Jan - Feb 2017 Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Small Sculptures by Great Artists Nov 2015 - Jan 2016 Feheley Fine Arts
Mini Masterworks VI Sept - Oct 2015 Spirit Wrestler Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 2003 Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada
Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada

Edit History

January 31, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
September 12, 2017