Posts Tagged ‘metis’

Artist of the moment……Billy Gauthier

Billy Gauthier is an Canadian artist born in the year 1978 in Happy Valley- Goose Bay, Newfoundland, Canada. Gauthier is of Metis and Inuit heritage. The artist grew up on the East Coast of Canada.

The artist works with various mixed media including antlers, ivory, whalebone, and serpentine.

Some influences include Kenojuak Ashevak and Kiawak Ashoona.

A large influence on Gauthier was his professional artist cousin named John Terriak. Terriak is renowned for his portraiture work. This piece is titled “Woman’s Face.” Even as a young child the artist enjoyed trying to capture the likeness and expression of the human face.

Billy Gauthier is now based out of Labrador, Canada.

The artist had his first solo breakthrough show in 2010.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment…Michael Massie….

Michael Massie is a highly sought after Inuit artist.   The artist has a wonderful mixed heritage background of both the Inuit culture, the Metis culture, and Scottish. Michael Massie was born in the year 1962 in Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada.  His father was a fireman. After seeing the tough life his father led, Massie was determined to become an artist.

Like many of us fellow artists, Massie drew inspiration from the comic strips he saw like Richie Rich. Massie would copy the figures and even the captions. If you are a young artist you should copy from the master cartoonists of the past such as Disney’s Nine Old Men. Their drawing skills were far superior that the art represented into todays cartoons such as Southpark.

A brief interview with Massie talking about stone work and the Inuit culture.

For his collegiate studies Massie attended the College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland, Canada. Massie studied commercial art and also visual arts. Massie also attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design earning a bachelor’s degree in jewelry. He loved the smell of feel of working with metal. It was during his college years Massie became more involved with his Inuit background.

price range information:  The artist works in various sizes and prices range $500 to $15,000 for works that involve his signature teapots, another theme the artist is renown for.

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