Nanoose Bay Studio Showcase - May 2-3, 2015

Come out and see the wonderful work of Nanoose Bay artists and artisans - May 2 - 3, 2015 (10am to 4pm)!

Nanoose Bay Studio Showcase - May 2-3, 2015 poster

The Nanoose Bay Studio Showcase 2015 will take place at the Nanoose Place Hall, 2925 Northwest Bay Road, in downtown Nanoose Bay, BC.

I’ll be displaying ‘Borealis and Oreithyia’ (in progress) and holding a draw for one of my vintage ‘Duality’ prints from the turn of the millennium. Framed, of course.

See you there!

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Yukon Hospital Foundation - MRI Suite Opened with Tundra Swan at Entrance

'Tundra Swan' by Shane Wilson on permanent display outside the new MRI Suite in the Whitehorse General Hospital.

Harmony Hunter, Manager, Partnership and Engagement, Yukon Hospital Foundation
tweets/sharesTundra Swan by Shane Wilson is proudly displayed at the entrance of the brand new MRI Suite at Whitehorse General Hospital.”

“We are very pleased to have found a permanent home for this incredible piece of art in a prominent location, especially since it was commissioned for the ‘Under Our Wing’ Campaign which included raising funds for the MRI.”

“Many thanks to the First Nations Health Program for assisting us with getting the sculpture up on the wall! Thank you for sharing your talents Shane!”


Yukon Hospital Foundation's 'Under Our Wing' poster, featuring 'Tundra Swan' by Shane Wilson

When I carved Tundra Swan for the Foundation’s 'Under Our Wing' fundraising campaign poster in 2005, it was my hope that the sculpture would find a permanent home with the great Yukon art displayed throughout Whitehorse General Hospital. And now it has!

Thank you to the Yukon Hospital Foundation​ and the Whitehorse General Hospital for this great honour!

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Happy Birthday Chef - Café Boulud and d | bar

From Your Team in Toronto - Happy Birthday Chef Boulud

Café Boulud and d-bar staff on floating stairs over Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, d-bar with people and Candle Ice Two in background.

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Nanaimo Daily News - Sculptor Carves Antler and Bone to Create Works of Art

Nanaimo Daily News - Sculptor Carves Antler and Bone to Create Works of Art, by Ross Armour

BY ROSS ARMOUR

By the end of the summer, a sculpture artist based in Nanoose Bay will have completed his latest piece valued at $320,000, which is entirely made up of carved moose antler.

Back in November 2013, Shane Wilson, 54, began working on
Borealis and Oreithyia (formerly Ahead of the Curves) after acquiring a load of moose antler from the wild during his days in the Yukon, where he lived for 22 years.

He has been on the Island since 2007.

With upward of 200,000 moose in the Yukon, Wilson said people who hunt the animal for food would then have no use for the antlers and come drop them on his doorstep to put to use.

It was back in 1985 when Wilson first came across a carved antler piece, in the Yukon Gallery, which illustrated birds by Maureen Morris. He has been hooked on the art form ever since.

"I love the shape, power and beauty of found antlers and bones," said Wilson. "To me they represent the absolute triumph of life in an incomprehensibly vast universe. I delight in transforming them into fine art, expressions of the highest order, objects of rare beauty."

The sculpture is named after the Greek god of the north wind and his wife and the inspiration came from Wilson's views of the northern lights which he says were a regular occurrence from his days in the north.

He uses a variety of power tools, grinders and burrs to operate in his work. "Antler isn't particularly hard to carve with power tools. Care when carving is required, because it's not a consistent material all the way through."

"Though each of my sculptures are unique, carrying their own story and meaning, I employ common themes or design elements which function as a sculptural language. The two basic elements of this sculptural language are the curved and the angled shapes or patterns which represent duality, 'the dance of polar opposites' which form the basic nature of reality as experienced by the self-conscious, mortal soul."

Wilson says the $320,000 price tag is a combination of time spent on the work, time spent in the art form and the originality of the piece.

"When I make art, I work hard to create something of value, something original, beautiful, meaningful, universal. Something which I hope contributes to the human project and captures something of the spirit of those who live in a manner that leave the world a better, richer, more beautiful place."

Wilson says he hopes the art form can be attributed to a variety of things by different sets of people due to its abstract nature.

For more information on Wilson and his work visit www.shanewilson.com.

RArmour@nanaimodailynews.com 250-729-4230

- See the article in
The Nanaimo Daily News Digital Edition

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CBC Yukon - Air Play - Dave White Interviews Shane Wilson

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Dave White: Hello Shane Wilson!

Shane Wilson: Hello Dave White!

Dave White: How’re you doing?

Shane Wilson: I’m doing well, thanks.

Dave White: So we’ll catch up with you and talk about what you’ve been up to since you left the Yukon, or at least most recently in a bit, but first of all, we’re talking about a specific piece of art. So, I wonder if you can tell me about this piece?

Shane Wilson: We’re talking about Ahead of the Curves. It’s a new piece that I’m undertaking; a piece of my own interest, which follows up on some earlier themes that I worked on years ago based on the curving, Celtic, interweaving pattern. It’s a double antler, carved abstractly, based on the same design principle as the commission I did for the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, where the two antlers are mounted side by side and the abstract pattern goes together.

Dave White: So it’s somewhat similar to the piece here at the Canada Games Centre and really elaborate, I’d imagine?

Shane Wilson: It is elaborate, but it’s not like the piece at the Canada Games Centre, which is more figurative, with animals, whereas this is going to be completely abstract.

Dave White: Now I understand there has already been an appraisal; it’s already been valued?

Shane Wilson: The value is the value that I place on it, based on other work that I’ve done, previous commissions, my pricing schedule, clients valuation of the work, etc.

Dave White: And what is that valuation?

Shane Wilson: $320,000, retail.

Dave White: That’s a lot of money.

Shane Wilson: It is a lot of money, Dave.

Dave White: So how do you come to something like that?

Shane Wilson: I use a number of factors: the size, the square footage of the sculpture itself, the amount of carving, time - this one will take two years, I’m already a year and a bit into it - the engagement of other professionals in terms of marketing and sales, advertizing, and so on. Even with all that, it is a fairly costly piece. The truth of it is, Dave, the price of my work has gone up over the last few years. It’s always been a bit high, but it’s slowly growing and I think that’s kind of fabulous.

Dave White: Yes, of course it is! Are you comfortable as an artist attaching a dollar figure to your work?

Shane Wilson: No, I’m never comfortable, but it’s something as an artist you have to do. You have to take a hard look at what you’re doing and grin and bear it, I guess.

Dave White: So does it have an impact for insurance?

Shane Wilson: Well, it certainly does for the people who purchase the art and during transportation.

Dave White: Who do you have in mind for this particular piece?

Shane Wilson: I don’t have anyone in particular in mind. That’s in fact why I’ve engaged The Artist Project, the group in the Yukon, Susan Stanley and Allan Nixon, who have undertaken to represent Northern artists, and I still really consider myself one after living in the North for 20 some odd years, to help get the story out about the piece, to meet new people and see where it goes.

Dave White: So when do you think you will have it completed?

Shane Wilson: I am a terrible guesser at how long it takes to make things, I usually underestimate but I’d say next November - optimistically, maybe this summer.

Dave White: And overall, how are things going for you since you left the Territory?

Shane Wilson: Really well! On the family front, I now have five grandkids, which is awesome. They live close by and its been great to see them, sometimes on a daily basis, to watch them grow. I’ve completed some great commissions, both private and public, which has also been wonderful. One of the highlights has been the lobby piece for the new Four Seasons flagship hotel in Toronto. It was really and honour and cool to meet the people involved with the Four Seasons as well. Lots of great learning, I’ve tried some new media. Recently, I’ve taken up permanent residence in Nanoose Bay, and have a new studio and just love it here.

Dave White: That piece you did for the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, have you seen it, in the lobby?

Shane Wilson: Oh yeah, I installed it in the lobby.

Dave White: That must be pretty cool, to think that that’s going to be there in such a well known, well established, popular place!

Shane Wilson: It’s pretty awesome, actually, Dave!

Dave White: Thanks very much!

Shane Wilson: Thank you for calling.

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