Meelia Kelly
Inuit Prints

Together on a Winter Night
Together on a Winter Night, 2003 (CD03-19)
Meelia Kelly
etching & aquatint, ed. 40/50, 26¾" × 29"
Bountiful Sea
Bountiful Sea, 2006 (CD06-15)
Meelia Kelly
lithograph, ed. 50, 21" × 28"


Meelia Kelly – Artist Biography

Meelia Kelly (female; 1940-2006); Inuit artist, Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada. Her sister, Sheojuk Etidlooie, was also an inuit artist.

Sadly, Meelia Kelly passed away in April, 2006 and is represented in the annual collection for the last time.

Meelia was the younger sister of the late Sheojuk Etidlooie. Like her sister, Meelia was a latecomer to the graphic arts, and her work reveals a similar mature confidence and talent. Encouraged by her sister to draw, Meelia began bringing her drawings to the studios five years ago and has since worked in both etching and lithography during workshops held in Cape Dorset. Her work has been represented in the annual collections since 2001.

In the 2006 annual print collection, Meelia is represented by four images, all displaying her sense of humour and originality. Bold, exaggerated shapes and colour occupy Meelia's graphic sensibility, particularly evident in her print from 2006, entitled 'Early Bird' and the charming, 'Hoot'. Like her late sister, Sheojuk, Meelia's images have great graphic appeal. She will be missed.

Dorset Fine Arts (reproduced with permission)

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.