Candle Ice, 1999, Yukon Arts Centre Gallery Permanent Collection, photo courtesy of Shane Wilson.

 

My intention is to create beautifully original sculpture, ethically and sustainably, directly from nature in found antler, horn, ivory, bone and bronze—the carving suggestive of a way forward for our rapidly changing planet, one in which we’ll create beautifully original solutions, ethically and sustainably, directly with nature

–Artist Statement, www.shanewilson.com

 

 

Organic and non-organic forms and materials co-exist within master carver Shane Wilson’s powerful carvings of horn, ivory, antler and bronze. The carvings are abstracted, sleek and refined, yet his materials, such as mammoth ivory, might be up to 40 000 years old and their original shape is rough.


Formerly based in the Yukon for many years, residing in Whitehorse and Faro, Wilson’s work is held in the Yukon Government Permanent Art Collection, the Yukon Arts Centre Permanent Collection, the Haines Junction Permanent Art Collection and the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Contemporary Art Collection amongst others.


Wilson’s signature duality is evident in the Yukon Art Centre’s Permanent Art Collection piece Candle Ice, a smooth moose antler carved into jagged triangular shapes that resemble daggers of ice like those found alongside a frozen river. The smooth precision of the carving is a transformation of the original antler, likely shed by a moose just after mating season.


Many viewers wonder if the piece is made of one solid piece of antler, or if it was created with multiple pieces of antler adhered together. Impressively, Candle Ice was carved as one individual form with geometric shapes created out of the core naturally shaped antler.


In 2012, the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto commissioned Wilson to re-create Candle Ice for the lobby of their Hotel. The following video shows the incredible transformation of raw material into spectacular sculpture, and the installation in its current location.


 

Where can you spot Wilson’s artwork around the Yukon?


Yukon Seasons, Yukon Government Permanent Collection, located on the second floor of the Canada Games Centre:

Canada Winter Games Yukon Torch (2007), located at the Canada Games Centre, overlooking the Flexihall and the Soccer Field: 

Photo courtesy of Shane Wilson

Candle Ice (1999) located in the Lobby of the Yukon Arts Centre:

 

The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Shane Wilson and Dwayne Cull, located in the MacBride Museum of Yukon History. This piece is made of mammoth ivory, mahogany and gold nugget:

Photos courtesy of Shane Wilson

 

Gaiaa (2009) from the Skullpture Series, made of moose antler and bronze. This piece is on display at the St. Elias Convention Centre in Haines Junction along with a collection of bronze sculptures from the same series, as part of the Haines Junction Permanent Art Collection:



Photo courtesy of Shane Wilson 

Learn more about Shane Wilson and see more of his artwork at his personal artist website,  www.shanewilson.com