ABOUT THE ARTIST

“I live through my hands and tools: transforming thick, heavy bone and bronze, meant for massive collisions, into ethereal, otherworldly creations; precious oases in the midst of life.”
SHANE WILSON

artistInspired by the North – the beauty and severity of its extremes – Canadian sculptor Shane Wilson breathes life into the discarded outer garments of arctic impermanence: antler, horn, ivory, tusk, bone; and fixes time in the most ancient of enduring alloys – bronze.

His signature style – the cool logic of a mathematician warmed in the guiding hands of a poet – lives in the uneasy conversation between organic and non-organic abstraction.

Originally from Ontario, Wilson moved to northern British Columbia and then to the Yukon during the 1980s. Conversant in more traditional art forms – drawing, painting, clay sculpture – his interest in working with natural media was sparked after attending an exhibition of antler carvings, the rugged and tactile artifacts appealing to his sense of discovery.

After a short period of experimentation, Wilson honed the techniques necessary to express his unique vision while exploring the fragile limits of natural media as diverse as fossilized wooly mammoth tusk and whale baleen.

His bronze ‘Skullpture Series’ includes cast and carved skulls of wolf, seal, grizzly and black bear, human, wolverine and, as centrepiece, a combination cast bronze moose skull with carved moose antlers entitled ‘Gaia’.

Wilson has taught the art of antler carving at Red Deer College, in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and continues to share his craft with artists and collectors around the World.

In 2012 Shane Wilson was commissioned by the internationally renowned design firm Yabu Pushelberg to create a signature showpiece for the opening of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. His stunning ‘Candle Ice Two’ double-antler sculpture graces the west lobby.

Wilson lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia with his wife Miranda Atwood.

 

Artist Statement Curriculum Vitae Professional Commentary On Shane Wilson’s Work

press

  • Radio Canada International, February 7, 2016 - 'Shane Wilson - Unique Artist in a Unique Medium' by Marc Montgomery

  • Arabella Magazine, December 2015 - 'Artist to Collect: Shane Wilson - Transforming the Unexpected'

  • Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine Article, April 22, 2015 - ‘Carve: Short Eared Parliament, by Shane Wilson’

  • High Fructose Magazine, May 12, 2015 - ‘Ornate Antler Sculptures by Shane Wilson’

  • Four Seasons Magazine Article, June 10, 2013 - 'True North: The Art Collection at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Explores the Role of Nature in Canadian Identity’

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CONTACT INFO

Email: shane@shanewilson.com
Phone: (250) 667-4259
Address: 1273 Marina Way, Nanoose Bay, B.C. Canada V9P 9C1

Artist Agent: Susan Stanley
Email: susan@theartistproj.com
Phone: 1-867-668-2259

 

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