Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
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Wise Elder



This is a portrait of an elder. We all need to listen to wisdom from our elders. The face is carved in ivory from Siberia in Northern Russia and was gifted to me at ‘Circum-Arctic Art Show’, Reykjavik, Iceland, in October 2015. The stones used are from Labrador. On carving this piece I incorporated a very fine polishing technique using special jewelry brush bits that I purchased in Vancouver. This method allows me to finely polish the ivory without losing any of my texturing and detail. I wanted a more matt finish to highlight the wrinkles and facial features.

—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.

Spirit Wrestler Gallery

101-1669 West 3rd Ave.
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6J 1K1

Toll Free: 1-888-669-8813
Phone: 604-669-8813


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one block West of the Granville Island gates
Between Pine St. and Fir St.

Tuesday to Saturday, open 10-5
Sunday and Holidays, open 12-5