Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

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.