Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“Spirit of the Kakivak”


This is the idea of the spirit of the fisherman flowing through the arm into the kakivak. The arm was difficult to carve but I wanted a ghostly surrealistic feeling to the arm. I really wanted the focal point of the sculpture to be the fish on the kakivak and not his arm. The arm and the kakivak are all carved from one piece of antler. The fish is a Brook Trout – a favourite fish delicacy up here in Labrador. This fish is also known as a Speckled Trout and it was the etching of the speckles that took me so much time.

—Billy Gauthier

Billy Gauthier

Billy Gauthier


Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

(1978- )

Billy was born on July 7, 1978, in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. In his early years he travelled eastern Canada residing and schooling in Ottawa, Yarmouth and Halifax in Nova Scotia, then at the age of thirteen returned to live in Goose Bay. He now lives in North West River in Labrador and enjoys fishing and hunting on the land with his family.