13" Murre Bird by Kellypalik Etidlooie

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Inuit art: Mure Bird
Inuit Artist: Kellypalik (Kelly) Etidlooie
Size: 13" wide, 12" high, 6 deep, 9 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: Serpentine
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We are always intrigued with rare Inuit sculptures.

I have seen owls, loons, ducks and geese but never have I seen a Murre bird.

The common murre or common guillemut is a large Auk. Auk are a family of sea birds related to seagulls and terns.

They spend most of their time at sea, only coming to land to breed.

They are amazing divers achieving depths of 200 feet. They are fast flyers but are not very agile in flight.

The largest population of murres is in Cape Meare, Oregon. Northern countries that are home to murres include Green

Common murre - Wikipedia

Kelly has used a deep dark black serpentine stone for the body of the Murre. It gleams and shimmers.

He then fuses a pristine white marble to the body to recreate the bird’s white chest/bib.

The immaculate polish and shine of this sculpture is mesmerizing. But what is most alluring is the bold and regal posture of Murre Bird. The spread wings and firmly planted feet emphasizes the strength of this sculpture. The strength of its body and the strength of its character.

I am a huge fan of Kelly Etidlooie. Every carving he produces has a magical nature. Look at his magnificent Muskox In New Arrivals.

Murre Bird is another example of his talent and creativity.

What a wonderful addition to your collection or for the bird lover in your sphere.


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Kellypalik Etidlooie (1966 - )

Kellypalik is the son of the well-known Cape Dorset artists Etidlooie and Kingmeata. His older brother, Etulu Etidlooie is also a carver.


1988 Die Kunst aus der Arktis, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany

1992 Sculpture Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, QC

1993 Sculpture and Graphics from Cape Dorset, Art Space Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1993 Sculpture Inuit et Retrospective Pudlo Pudlat, Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, QC

1993 The Theme of Transformation in Inuit Sculpture, The Isaacs/Innuit gallery, Toronto, ON

1994 Mythic Image, Ancestral Spirits Gallery, Port Townsend, WA

1994 Three Young Carvers from Cape Dorset and Drawings by Aoudla Pudlat, Albers Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1994 Kellypalik Etidlooie, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany

1995 Inuit Mythology, Arctic Experience, Hamilton, ON

1995 Miniaturen, Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany

1996 Major-Minor, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1996 Emerging Spirit, Banff Centre, organized by Northern Art Impressions, Banff, AB

1996 Sculpture Inuit, Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, QC

1997 Stone & Bone, Inuit Master Carvers of the Canadian Arctic, Northwest Company, Sun Valley Centre, Ketchum ID

2000 Die Kunst aud der Arktis, Art in Stone, Canadian Artic Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

2001 Living Arctic, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC




Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, QC

The Arnold Aubert Vernon Inuit Collection of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

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