* Artist available for commissions *
Born 1952, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada and currently resides in Hartington, Ontario, Canada
Shayne Dark has participated in numerous exhibitions in Canada and the United States since he began his artistic career in the mid 1980’s. Dark creates mainly sculptural works, taking a keen interest in every aspect of the process of art production, which he feels draws upon and focuses the physical and perceptual experience of the world. His works often evoke the contrasts between urban settings and the natural world, they are meant to stimulate a spiritual or visceral reaction in the viewer.
Most recently, Dark won a significant public art competition: a permanent site-specific sculpture installation for the "X - The Condominium" project at Charles and Jarvis St in downtown Toronto.
Exhibitions in 2007 included ‘In/Beyond Western New York 2007’ Biennale where his work was featured at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Buffalo Arts Studio in Buffalo New York and the Mississauga Art Gallery – Sculpture Court
Among his awards and honours are: a 2004 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation; also in 2004, Dark was one of three Canadian artists selected to participate in 'ARTiade 2004 - Olympics of Visual Arts' in Athens, Greece, in parallel with the XXVIII Olympic Games; participation in the 2003 International Sculpture Center Juried Exhibition, 'ISC @ GFS' in Hamilton, New Jersey; and the 'Juror's Choice Award' by Phyllis Braff, art critic for The New York Times at the EXPO XX Competition in April 2001.
A documentary of Shayne's life & work entitled 'Artist in the Round: Shayne Dark' premiered on Discovery Channel HD Theater on Sunday, April 25, 2004 across the United States.