Born near Kinngait (NU), Jutai Toonoo (1959-2015) learned to carve from his father at the young age of 7. He started his career in the 1990s as a carver and later moved towards illustration, printmaking and jewelry. Toonoo used vivid colors to express his emotions in his artworks, which often addressed social issues affecting his community. Shortly before passing, he was the artist-in-residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Toonoo’s work was extensively exhibited and is part of many important public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON).