Etule Etidloie

Waiting Wolf

10" L x 4 1/2" H

Etule Etidlui was born on June 15, 1946. He comes from a family of well-known artists from Cape Dorset, the most art productive community on Baffin Island, Nunavut.

He is the son of the late graphic artists and carvers Etidlooie and
Kingmata Etidlooie. Etule'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.

Etule 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. Etule'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.

Cape Dorset is located north of Hudson Bay on the southwest tip of Baffin Island, well above the treeline and just south of the Arctic Circle.

The Inuit inhabitants have always called the area Kinngait (pronounced king-ite), meaning "the place of hills," but it was named Cape Dorset in 1631 by the British explorer Captain Luke Foxe, who mapped the region during his unsuccessful search for the Northwest Passage; he named it in honour of the Earl of Dorset, who had sponsored the expedition.

Today, Cape Dorset is a modern community of nearly fourteen hundred inhabitants in the newly created Canadian territory of Nunavut.

Gallery Price $900.00


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