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ETIDLOOIE, Kingmeata

Itinik Camp, Nunavut, 1915
Cape Dorset, Nunavut, 1989
Biography synopsis
Inuit artist Kingmeata Etidlooie (Kingmeata/ Etidlui/ Etidloie/ Kingmeeatta/ Kingmeattar) was born and raised at Itinik Camp near Lake Harbour, Nunavut. She married graphic artist Etidlooie Etidlooie (1910-1981). Several of their children became artists, including Etulu Etidlui, Omalluq Oshutsiaq, Pukaluk Etungat and Kellypalik Etidlooie. Like many Inuit, Etidlooie was encouraged to develop her artistic abilities in the 1950's, when she began carving and and drawing. After settling in Cape Dorset in the mid-1960's, Etidlooie and her husband joined the internationally-renowned printmaking studio called the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative. A number of her prints were published in the annual print catalogues from 1970 through 1988. In the 1970's, color field painter K.M. Graham visited Cape Dorset, and remarking the expressive qualities of Etidlooie's prints gave her a set of acrylics . She began experimenting with watercolors and acrylics, becoming one of the first Inuit artists to explore painterly media. Etidlooie's work has traveled across Canada and the United States, and has been featured in major exhibitions in Japan, Switzerland, Israel, France, and Belgium. Her prints, drawings and paintings reside in numerous collections, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada, among many others.
Media used
File & Archive locations
Canadian Museum of Civilization Archives, QC
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Edmonton Art Gallery, AB - Library
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, ON - Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of Calgary Library, AB
Alberta Culture and Community Spirit - Arts Branch
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON

Writings about
About Arts and Crafts (Autumn 1978): 19.
"Kingmeata Etidlooie (1915-1988)." Art Inuit 2010
"Kingmeata Etidlooie Biography." Galerie Elca London: Art Inuit 2010
AboriginArt Galleries. "Kingmeata Etidlooie (Etidlui; Etidloie; Kingmeattar; Kingmeeatta)." 1995
Art Association of Newport. Eskimo Sculpture, Eskimo Prints and Paintings of Norval Morrisseau. Newport, Rhode Island: 1968.
Barz, Sandra. Canadian Inuit Print Artist/Printer Biographies. Arts & Culture of the North, 1990.
Barz, Sandra. Inuit Artists Print Workbook. New York: Arts & Culture of the North, 1990.
Blodgett, Jean. Grasp Tight the Old Ways: Selections From the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1983.
Blodgett, Jean. In Cape Dorset We Do It This Way: Three Decades of Inuit Printmaking. Kleinburg, Ont.: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1991.
Boden, Jurgen F. & Boden, Elke. Canada North of Sixty. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1991.
Bunkamura Art Gallery. Sojourns to Nunavut: Contemporary Inuit Art from Canada. Tokyo, Japan: University of British Columbia Press, 1991.
Cherry, Zena. "N.Y. Showing for Canadian Printmakers." Globe and Mail (13 Jul. 1982): F05.
Crandall, Richard C. Inuit Art: A History. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2000.
Currie, Rod. "Inuit Art Finds Home in Southern Ontario: 'Can't Risk Cape Dorset Archive'." Gazette (20 Apr. 1991): K4.
Department of External Affairs, Canada. Canadian Eskimo Lithographs: Third Collection. Ottawa: Information Canada, 1973.
Finley, Carol. Art of the Far North: Inuit Sculpture, Drawing, and Printmaking. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 1998.
Halpern, Joel Martin. Perspectives on Inuit Culture: A Five College Symposium and Art Exhibit, April 4-14, 1988. Michigan: Five College Canadian Studies Program, 1989.
Heller, Jules and Nancy. North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century. New York: Garland, 1995.
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver. Inuit Drawings. Vancouver: Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, 1990.
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver. Return of the Birds. Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery, 1983.
Jackson, Marion E. & Judith Nasby. Contemporary Inuit Drawings. Guelph, Ontario: MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, 1987.
Jerusalem Artists' House Museum. Polar Vision: Canadian Eskimo Graphics. Jerusalem: Na'amat, 1978.
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. Contemporary Inuit Drawings. Guelph, Ontario: Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, 1989.
Macdonald, John. "Tauvijjuaq; The Great Darkness." Inuit Art Quarterly 8.2 (Summer 1993): 19-25.
Muscarelle Museum of Art. Contemporary Inuit Drawings: The Gift Collection of Frederick and Lucy S. Herman. Williamsburg, Virginia: College of William and Mary in Virginia, 1993.
Pitseolak, Peter & Eber, Dorothy. People from Our Side: A Life Story With Photographs. 1993.
Purdie, James. "Gallery Reviews." Globe and Mail (17 Feb. 1979): 38.
Reeves, John. "The Women Artists of Cape Dorset." City and Country Home (Apr. 1985): 35-43.
Routledge, Marie. Inuit Art in the 1970's/L'Art Inuit actuel. Kingston, Ontario: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1979.
Routledge, Marie and Marion E. Jackson. Pudlo: Thirty Years of Drawing. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1990.
Schneider, Janet. Eskimo Art. Flushing, New York: Queens Museum, 1974.
Speak, Dorothy. "In Cape Dorset We Do It This Way." Inuit Art Quarterly 7.2 (Spring 1992): 38-42.
University of Guelph. The Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art from the Art Gallery of Ontario. Guelph, Ontario: 1980.
Volkerkundmuseum der Universitat Zurich. Kunst aus der Arktis. Zurich, Switzerland: 1994.
West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. Cape Dorset Graphics. [Annual] West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative & M.F. Feheley, (1970-1983, 1986, 1988).
Wight, Darlene Coward. "Building on Strengths: New Inuit Art from the Collection." Tableau: a publication of the Winnipeg Art Gallery 1.5 (1988): 4.
Winnipeg Art Gallery. Looking South. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1978.

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