14" Loon by Etulu Etidloie

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Inuit art: Loon
Inuit Artist:  Etulu Etidlodie
Size: 14" across, 13" tall, 4" wide, 13.5 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: Serpentine
id: jl-07-125050bcfjy

Carved with great skill and refinement, this sculpture brings to mind the work of Nunavut masters Jimmy Iqaluq, Pitseolak Qimirpik and Napatchie Sharky. The embodiment of the etched-in feathers coalesced into the pressed stone transform this piece from a rigid state to life.

The tenuous embroidery of feathers, atomic proportions and exquisite beauty, have endeared Etidloie's loons to be celebrated among the avant-garde circles of Inuit art. Solo works and publications by him have been adopted and praised worldwide.

(1946 – ) | Tulukanni, Nunavut, Canada

Etulu Etidloie started carving in his early twenties.  He learned the art form by watching his father, Etidloi Etidloi, carve.  His brother, Kelly Etidloie, is an established carver in Cape Dorset as well.  His son, Isacci Etildoie, was an innovative carver with many accomplished sculptures.  Etulu has carved dancing bears, many types of birds and wolves.  When starting each carving, the shape of the stone dictates what Etulu will carve.  He rotates the piece of stone until the form suggests a subject.  Etulu works with serpentine stone and finishes it with a high polish.  He is best known for his sculptures of loons.  Loons have been his primary subject for over 25 years.  His loons can be sitting, standing or in flight. His work has been exhibited in Canada, USA and Germany.

Name spellings include – Itulu Etidloie, Itulu Etidloi, Etulu Etidloi, Etulu Etidloie

April 1976, Baffin Island Sculpture Exhibition, Baffin Regional School, Iqaluit, Northwest Territories;
March - April 1982, Songs in Stone, The Arctic Circle
Los Angeles, California, USA;
September - October 1984, On the Land, The Arctic Circle, Los Angeles, California, USA;
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

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