Ivy Billiot

Ivy Billiot

 

IVY Billiot is a self-taught artist who hand carves and paints the birds & animals who inhabit his home territory of Houma, Louisiana.  Houma is not only home to abundant water and wetlands, but a culture rich in traditions of the Houma Indian Nation.

Ivy’s father, Cyril Billiot, was a major influence and a wood carver himself, but Ivy found his own voice, his own visions and refined his sculptures in his own way.

Single and now in his 60’s, Ivy has recently experienced ill health and we are super thrilled that he has recovered and begun carving again.  For much of his working life he was a chain saw operator, but in the mid-1980’s he began carving and sculpting full time.

Ivy uses primarily Tupelo, Cedar, and bass wood, but has branched out recently to using cypress or white pine, as Tupelo has become more and more difficult to source. He uses acrylic paints and recently began adding an iridescent coat of paint where appropriate….

Selected Works

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Blue Jay

Hand Carved Wood, Acrylic Paint
size: 11" - Beak to Tail
$150.- (IB269)

Mockingbird

Hand Carved Cedar Wood, Acrylic Paint, wire for the feet
size: 12 3/8" beak to tail
$150.- (IB248)

King Crow

Hand Carved Cedar, Acrylic Paint
size: 17" long-Beak to Tail
$225.- (IB266)

Red Winged Blackbird

Hand Carved Wood, Acrylic Paint
size: 9 1/2" Beak to Tail
$150.- (IB270)

Seagulls

Hand Carved & Painted Wood
size: 7 3/8" Beak to Tail
$ 65.- (each, 1 available) (IB273,4)

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Hand Carved Cedar Wood, Acrylic Paint, wire for the feet
size: 9" beak to tail
$150.- (IB256)

Indigo Bunting

Hand Carved & Painted Wood
size: 7 1/8" Beak to Tail
$110.- (IB275)

Sparrow

Hand Carved Wood, Acrylic Paint
size: 8" Beak to Tail
$135.- (IB271)

Virio

Hand Carved & Painted Wood
size: 6 7/8" Beak to Tail
$95.- (IB277)

Goldfinch "Birdy Brooch"

Hand Carved Tupelo Wood, Acrylic Paint, wire for the feet
size: 4 1/4" long
$45.- (IB234)