Photo: Billy Gauthier


bone, sculpture/carving, stone, wood

Artistic Community:

North West River, NL

Date of Birth:

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Born in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Nunatsiavut, NL, Billy Gauthier is an Inuit and Métis artist and activist currently based in North West River, NL. He initially began to carve in 1996, and was inspired by his cousin, John Terriak, a skilled Nunatsiavut sculptor, to create further works. Gauthier's exceptionally detailed, mixed-media sculptures combine various materials, such as stone, bone, antler, ivory, sinew and baleen (whalebone) to depict traditional Inuit practices, cosmologies, spirituality, personal memories and more.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
Drawing Breath December 9, 2019 Ossie Michelin
Labrador artist remains grounded by his surroundings June 11, 2019 Evan Careen
SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut February 21, 2017 Heather Igloliorte


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