Billy Gauthier is a sculptor from Happy Valley-Goose Bay who currently resides in North West River, Labrador. He received his education in both Ottawa and Nova Scotia. While he enjoyed drawing and other art forms from a young age, he began to carve seriously in 1996 after his mother introduced him to his cousin, John Terriak, a renowned Inuit sculptor. He was recently named the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) 2011 Emerging Artist of the Year. This followed his first very successful solo exhibition, Billy Gauthier: Visions from Labrador, which was held at the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in October 2010 in Vancouver, BC, and which famously sold out in just 18 minutes.
Gauthier’s work is unique for contemporary Inuit art, for his tremendous skill with traditional Inuit materials, and the extent to which he pushes himself and his material limits. He uses a mixed-media approach that often features a perfection of delicate lines and other minute details. These details create expressive qualities that beautifully and cohesively emerge in sculptural grandeur. His sculptural pieces have narrative qualities that are inspired by personal memories, Inuit cosmologies, and mutual respect for the land and its natural resources.
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