Photo: Billy Gauthier


bone, sculpture/carving, stone, wood

Artistic Community:

North West River, NL

Date of Birth:

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07 July 1978



Billy Gauthier is a Labrador-based sculptor who was born in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and later settled in North West River. Gauthier’s fascination with art started in childhood, and he first began to carve in his late teens. In 2010 he had his first solo exhibition at Spirit Wrestler Gallery, in Vancouver, an important exhibition for his career. Gauthier brings together technical mastery and vibrant imagery in his work, drawing on both traditional and contemporary Inuit practices as inspiration. In his work “Swimming Loons - My Tribute to Kenojuak Ashevak” (2010) he pulls from Ashevak’s iconic imagery but also updates it, bringing a more contemporary aesthetic, as well as movement and dynamism, to the figures. Gauthier's artistic practice serves as a platform for addressing social and environmental issues. He forefronts animal figures and spiritual themes and utilizes abstraction, resulting in works that speak to a tangible connection with the environment.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
Labrador artist remains grounded by his surroundings June 11, 2019 Evan Careen
SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut February 21, 2017 Heather Igloliorte
Muskrat hunger strikers return October 28, 2016 CBC Here and Now


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Saunituinnaulungitotluni: Beyond Bone June 1 - Sept 2, 2019 The Rooms
SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut Feb 16 - May 20, 2019 Mackenzie Art Gallery
SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut May 26 - Oct 14, 2018 Winnipeg Art Gallery


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Achievement Year Organization
Received the Emerging Artist of the Year award 2011 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Summer 2009 Inuit Art Foundation

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada

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November 3, 2017 Created by: Emma Timmins Updated by: Inuit Art Foundation