Bio

Etidloi, Itulu

Born:  June 15, 1946       Male       E7-989

 Resides:  Cape Dorset

 Sculpture

Etulu Etidlui was born on June 15, 1946. He comes from a family of well-

artists from Cape Dorset, the most art productive community on Baffin Island, Nunavut.

He is the son of the late graphic artists and carvers Etidloooie and

Kingmata Etidlooie. Etulu's younger brother Kelly is also a very talented

sculptor, known primarily for his carvings of narwhals. Omalluk Oshutsiak,

their sister, excels in small scale carvings of people. There are several

younger members of the family who are very gifted carvers, Mary and

Pitseolak Oshutsiak, Isaac Etidlui (Etulu's son), and Toonoo Etidlui.

 

Etulu is best known for his delicately carved loons, often in flight, then

mounted on either stone or a piece of caribou antler, as well as for his

refined carvings of resting wolves. Etulu's style is highly representative

of Cape Dorset art. It is rooted in a love for naturalism, with an affinity

for decorative stylisation.

Etulu's carvings are made of finest serpenting of varying green shades with

gold veining, smoothed and highly polished to best exhibit the beauty of the

stone. Serpentine is a metamorphic rock found on Baffin Island. It is a very

hard stone with composition similar to Jade.

 

 

EXHIBITIONS:

       April 1976                          Baffin Island Sculpture Exhibition

                                                   Baffin Regional School                           

                                                   Iqaluit, Northwest Territories

       March - April 1982            Songs in Stone

                                                   The Arctic Circle                                

                                                   Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

       September - October 1984    On the Land

                                                   The Arctic Circle                                

                                                   Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

       February 1993                  Kunstwerke der Inuit

                                                   Presented by CreARTion, Eppstein                 

                                                   in conjunction with the annual meeting            

                                                   of the Association of Canadian Studies           

                                                   at the Hotel am Badersee                         

                                                   Grainau, Germany

       COLLECTIONS:

       Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario                                                                                

       GE Canada Inuit Art Collection, Mississauga, Ontario  

       Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia                                                             

       Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba