Photo: Issacci Etidloie
Credit: Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery



Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

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Date of Death:

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The Igloo Tag Trademark
The Igloo Tag Trademark is an internationally recognized symbol that denotes handmade, original artwork made by Inuit artists in Canada. Established in 1958, the Trademark is now managed by the Inuit Art Foundation. The appearance of the Igloo Tag on an artist profile means they have had the Trademark applied to their artwork.



Sculptor Isaci Etidloie picked up his first set of hand tools at seven years old, initially carving figures engaged in the daily practices of nomadic Inuit life. Based in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, Etidloie explored themes of song, such as drum dancing, supernatural stories and elaborate spirit transformations, drawing upon the influence of his father’s, Etulu Etidloie, profession as a folk singer and immortalized in his piece from 2002 Portrait of My Father, which features a relief cut framed likeness. Etidlioe’s work is characterized by its playfulness and ingenuity, depicting both traditional activities such as hunting, fishing and drum dancing, as well as activities unusual in Inuit art, such as in his work Gymnast (2018) which seems almost to defy gravity in the way it is expertly balanced. Etidloie’s work was included in the National Gallery of Canada’s exhibition Inuit Sculpture Now (2007) alongside 15 of his peers from across Inuit Nunangat and can be found today in several major public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
In Memoriam: Isaci Etidloie Spring/Summer 2014 IAQ
Isaci Etidloie: The Strength of Finesse Fall/Winter 2004 Michelle Lewin
Catching the Eye: the Sculpture of Isaci Etidloie 2003 Feheley Fine Arts


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Small Sculptures by Great Artists Nov 2015 - Jan 2016 Feheley Fine Arts
Mini Masterworks VII Sept - Oct 2015 Spirit Wrestler Gallery
Telling Stories: Inuit Art from Cape Dorset Dec 2012 - Mar 2013 Toronto Pearson Airport, Terminal 1


View Filmography and Details
Title Release Date Role
Stories from Our Land Vol. 2 - Taking Shape 2013 Main Subject

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, ON, Canada
Musee d'art Inuit Brousseau Quebec City, Quebec