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Shayne Dark Art

Canadian, b. 1952
Poised between abstraction and representation, the artworks of Canadian artist Shayne Dark (b. 1952, Moose Jaw, SK) are often coated in eye-popping saturated pigments. His networks of steel branches or steel stones, indoor and outdoor iterations, are a contemplative intersection of the industrial and the organic. In 2016, Dark exhibited at the Brooklyn Sculpture Center, where he was artist in residence. The same year, he was given a solo exhibition at the Albright Knox, NY. Dark has received six Ontario Arts Council grants and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. His work may be found in numerous private, corporate and public collections including Queen’s University, the Canadian Embassy in Prague, the City of Ottawa, the Federal Communications Commission, New York.
(Biography provided by OENO Gallery)
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Artist: Shayne Dark
Red Bough - bright, contemporary, powder coated steel, wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
The delicate beauty and elegant form of a single tree bough inspired this bright red contemporary wall sculpture by Shayne Dark. The Canadian artist’s dynamic sculptures marry indust...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Steel

Blue Matter 1 - matte, blue, textured, abstract, mixed media wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Growing up on the Ottawa River, Shayne Dark has long been inspired by the natural world that surrounded him—its myriad of shapes, patterns, forms and colours. In this new intriguing ...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Resin, Fiberglass, Plaster, Paint

Blue Matter 2 - matte, blue, textured, abstract, mixed media wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Growing up on the Ottawa River, Shayne Dark has long been inspired by the natural world that surrounded him—its myriad of shapes, patterns, forms and colours. In this new intriguing ...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Resin, Fiberglass, Plaster, Paint

Yellow Matter - bright, matte, textured, abstract, mixed media wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
The colour catches your eye at first— a rich, egg yolk yellow. The form is intriguing—organic. This is Shayne Dark. The Kingston based sculptor is known for his enigmatic and compell...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Resin, Fiberglass, Plaster, Paint

Windfall Series II No 1 - smooth, carved, abstract, Applewood & resin sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Shayne Dark has elevated the natural beauty of applewood burls by creating unique contemporary sculptures. The Canadian artist collected gnarled burls from old orchards in Prince Ed...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Resin, Wood

Colour Intersected Series - No 2
By Shayne Dark
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Shayne Dark is an Ontario-based contemporary visual artist who has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally since he began his artistic career in the mid 1980’s. Taking a...
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2010s Abstract Shayne Dark Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Maelstrom Series No 5 - layered, intersecting, forged aluminum sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
In a gorgeous aubergine colour, this dynamic sculpture by Shayne Dark is part of an exciting new series called Maelstrom. Known for his uniquely beautiful abstract work, this piece i...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Metal

Maelstrom Series No 6 - layered, intersecting, forged aluminum wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Beautiful chaos—The new sculptural series by Shayne Dark is named after the powerful image of a maelstrom—a whirlpool in a sea or river. Hand forged from round aluminum rods and pain...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Metal

Maelstrom Series No 3 - layered, intersecting, forged aluminum wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Canadian sculptor Shayne Dark creates uniquely beautiful abstract pieces often inspired by nature. This new series called Maelstrom (a whirlpool in a sea or river) is a nod to the tu...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Metal

Maelstrom Series No 2 - layered, intersecting, forged aluminum wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Beautiful chaos—The new sculptural series by Shayne Dark is named after the powerful image of a maelstrom—a whirlpool in a sea or river. Hand forged from round aluminum rods and pain...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Metal

Maelstrom Series No 1 - layered, intersecting, forged aluminum wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Shayne Dark’s new Maelstrom sculptures have powerful and palpable energy like the natural whirlpools this series is named after. No. 1 is an intricate tangle of round aluminum rods c...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Metal

Full Tilt Red Series II - tall, geometric abstract, coated steel sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
In an explosion of colour bright red painted steel poles crisscross one another in this dynamic abstract sculpture by Shayne Dark. At his studio in the countryside, the Canadian arti...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Steel

Maelstrom Series No 4 - layered, intersecting, forged aluminum sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
In jet matte black, this dynamic sculpture by Shayne Dark is part of an exciting new series called Maelstrom. Known for his uniquely beautiful abstract work, this piece is hand forge...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Metal

Windfall Series II No 7 - smooth, carved, abstract, Applewood & resin sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Shayne Dark has elevated the natural beauty of applewood burls by creating unique contemporary sculptures. The Canadian artist collected gnarled burls from old orchards in Prince Edw...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Resin, Wood

Gridlock Series Purple - layered, intersecting, forged aluminum wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
The inspiration for Shayne Dark’s stunning minimalist sculptures is often nature. Dark originally collected sticks of ironwood from the forests near his home. ‘Gridlock’ became an in...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Metal

Windfall Series II No 8 - smooth, carved, abstract, Applewood & resin sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Shayne Dark has elevated the natural beauty of applewood burls by creating unique contemporary sculptures. The Canadian artist collected gnarled burls from old orchards in Prince Edw...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Resin, Wood

Windfall Series II No 9 - smooth, carved, abstract, Applewood & resin sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Shayne Dark has elevated the natural beauty of applewood burls by creating unique contemporary sculptures. The Canadian artist collected gnarled burls from old orchards in Prince Edw...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Resin, Wood

Entangled Rambling Blue - Intersecting spires of cerulean blue
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
This striking deep cerulean blue sculpture by Canadian artist, Shayne Dark is part of the ‘Entangled Series’ he has worked on for many years. The abstract series began in wood, then ...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Steel

Glacial Series Dropstone - polygonal, abstract, steel, bronze indoor sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Ancient glacial ice that shapes and carries stones hundreds of kilometers was the inspiration behind these enigmatic sculptures by Shayne Dark. Cast in steel and coated in a veined b...
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2010s Abstract Shayne Dark Art

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Bronze, Stainless Steel

Windfall Series No 03 - small, smooth, abstract, natural wood carved sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
This abstract sculpture from the Windfall Series by Shayne Dark is made from one of the applewood burls collected from apple orchards in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Many of the lo...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Resin, Wood

Tilted Orange - Tall, bright, glossy, geometric abstract, coated steel sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Evocative in colour and form, Canadian artist Shayne Dark has created another dynamic sculpture. The industrial and the organic intersect in five tapered powder-coated angled shafts ...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Steel

Full Tilt Blue Maquette - bright, geometric abstract, painted wood sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Saturated in cerulean—like the colour of a deep blue sky, intersecting lengths of wood form a dramatic sculpture in this abstract piece by Canadian artist, Shayne Dark. From his stud...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Wood, Acrylic

Tangled Column Red - Tall, bright, geometric abstract, coated steel sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
This imposing, rich red metal sculpture by Canadian artist, Shayne Dark is part of the ‘Entangled Series’ he has worked on for years. The contemporary series began in wood, then in s...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Steel

Colour Intersected Series - No 5
By Shayne Dark
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Shayne Dark is an Ontario-based contemporary visual artist who has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally since he began his artistic career in the mid 1980’s. Taking a...
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2010s Abstract Shayne Dark Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Colour Intersected Series - No 4
By Shayne Dark
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Shayne Dark is an Ontario-based contemporary visual artist who has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally since he began his artistic career in the mid 1980’s. Taking a...
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2010s Abstract Shayne Dark Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Colour Intersected Series - No 6
By Shayne Dark
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Shayne Dark is an Ontario-based contemporary visual artist who has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally since he began his artistic career in the mid 1980’s. Taking a...
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2010s Abstract Shayne Dark Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Windfall - playful, red, blue, yellow, black, painted, wood, standing sculptures
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
These bold sculptures by Shayne Dark are made of apple wood roots that are coated in the artist's signature primary colors in an ultra matte finish. Poised between abstraction and ...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Metal

Bough Laden With Candy Apple Green - bright, abstract, steel wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Steel, coated in a glossy candy apple green is hand forged into a delicately detailed bough by Canadian master sculptor Shayne Dark. This wall sculpture, like most of Dark’s work is ...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Steel

Storm Surge Orange - bright, glossy, impasto, abstract, acrylic on panel
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Thick whorls in metallic orange swirl within the confines of the picture plane in this Storm Surge painting by Shayne Dark. The baroque sculptural quality of the work is enhanced by ...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Resin, Acrylic, Wood Panel

Storm Surge Red - glossy, bright, impasto, abstract, acrylic on panel
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Passages of fiery scarlet medium swirl within the confines of the picture plane in this Storm Surge painting by Shayne Dark. Its highly textured, sculpted surface is made more dynami...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Mixed Media, Acrylic

Storm Surge Tondo Cobalt - glossy, blue, impasto, abstract, acrylic on aluminum
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Created in dynamic layers of glossy cobalt, this Storm Surge tondo by Shayne Dark envelops the viewer. Its turbulent and mesmerizing surface swirls and flows like fast moving water....
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Metal

Storm Surge Tondo Red - bold, glossy, impasto, abstract, acrylic on aluminum
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Created in dynamic layers of molten red, this Storm Surge tondo by Shayne Dark envelops the viewer. The rich, almost baroque quality of the sculpted surface is enhanced by its metall...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Metal

Round & Round Blue - glossy, circles, steel, geometric abstract wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Elegant circular blue steel sculpture. The elements suggest movement and vibration, It also looks as if it might roll, spin, wobble or topple at any moment but, of course, it does no...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Steel

Gridlock II - bright, white, intersecting, grid, bent aluminum wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
This is a wonderful example of Shayne Dark's dance with form and light. The work is created out of Ironwood, and is painted a flat white. On a light colored wall, the shadows become ...
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2010s Abstract Shayne Dark Art

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Wood, Latex

Drawing in Space - Tall, bright red, geometric abstract, coated steel sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Slender rings of flattened candy red steel are stacked into an elegant yet playful column by master sculptor Shayne Dark. Aptly titled, Drawing in Space, the work appears from variou...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Steel

Reflections of Nature Series No 1 - reflective, steel, copper, wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Simply stunning. They shine like jewels…This is Shayne Dark’s Reflections of Nature Series. Dark’s superb sculptural work is informed by nature. This series of wall sculptures—tondos...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Copper, Stainless Steel

Reflections of Nature Series 2 - reflective, steel, copper, wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Simply stunning. They shine like jewels…This is Shayne Dark’s Reflections of Nature Series. Dark’s superb sculptural work is informed by nature. This series of wall sculptures—tondos...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Bronze, Copper, Stainless Steel

Reflecting Nature Series No 1 - polished stainless steel, copper, wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A jewel like surface of polished steel and bronze inlay reflects ambient light in this tondo by Shayne Dark. The pattern cut into the steel surface was sprayed with molten bronze to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Copper, Stainless Steel

Windfall Series No 07 - smooth, polished, natural wood abstract carved sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
This abstract sculpture from the Windfall Series by Shayne Dark is made from one of the applewood burls collected from apple orchards in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Many of the lo...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Resin, Wood

Reflections of Nature Series No 3 - reflective, steel, copper, wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Simply stunning. They shine like jewels…This is Shayne Dark’s Reflections of Nature Series. Dark’s superb sculptural work is informed by nature. This series of wall sculptures—tondos...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Bronze, Copper, Stainless Steel

Circular Motion - large, bright blue, geometric abstract, coated steel sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
This steel sculpture has a grand presence - the elements suggest movement and vibration, the shadows cast by the piece also shift with the light. It also looks as if it might roll, s...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Steel

Erratic Colour Candy Blue - circles, steel, geometric abstract, wall sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
This blue steel wall sculpture has a terrific presence - the elements suggest movement and vibration, the weaving of basketry, the pulsing of sound. The shadows cast by the piece also shift with the light. Shayne Dark is one of Canada's most prominent sculptors. He has been awarded numerous large scale public commissions and his works are in many private and public collections around the world. Named one of the top 10 artists to watch at the recent Art...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Steel

Untitled
By Shayne Dark
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Shayne Dark is a Hartington, Ontario-based contemporary visual artist who has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally since he began his artistic career in the mid 1980’...
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2010s Abstract Shayne Dark Art

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Steel

Windfall Series No 04 - small, smooth, abstract, natural wood carved sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
This abstract sculpture from the Windfall Series by Shayne Dark is made from one of the applewood burls collected from apple orchards in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Many of the lo...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Resin, Wood

Windfall Series No 06 - smooth, polished, natural wood abstract carved sculpture
By Shayne Dark
Located in Bloomfield, ON
This series of eight abstract sculptures by Shayne Dark is made from applewood burls collected from apple orchards in Prince Edward County. "Many of the local apple orchardists were ...
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2010s Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Resin, Wood

Interlace – Purple
By Shayne Dark
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Shayne Dark's work results from a rhythmic and organic process involving ideas, feelings, images, formal play, and structural necessity. Every aspect of the process has the potential...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Metal

Triad – Red
By Shayne Dark
Located in Montreal, Quebec
In 1914, a group of intrepid young men set forth into the northern wilderness with the ambition to document the uncharted territory of the Canadian collective unconscious. Their medium was that of sketchbooks and paint, and with these they rendered a vast and previously unknowable landscape into a tangible national identity. One could call their distinct style picturesque, as it cohered to many of the attributes prescribed by 18th century thinker William Gilpen – for capturing nature so as to make it both palatable and empowering for the viewer. During the romantic period in Europe, certain visual tropes emphasized the beauty of the natural landscape despite the rapid advancements of industrialism. As such, the picturesque, when applied properly, enabled the viewer to apprehend and revel in the vastness of change and opportunity with which they were presently confronted. It is at a similar juncture that we contemplate the works of contemporary sculptor and installation artist Shayne Dark, who’s large scale arborescent schemes present a striking encapsulation of both the magnitude as well as the limits of our natural resources. In an age where the re-assessment of our modes of production and consumption has become a main constituent of our identity, his work serves as a potent reminder of this position’s precarity. One piece resembling a cluster of branches, for example, balances in a tenuous fashion, relying on the equal distribution of weight among all its parts to stay upright. In another work, the boughs extend upwards from a base so small it threatens to tip over. As opposed to the romantic and idealized conceptions of a nature as realized in the compositions of the Group of Seven, Dark, by working in the industrial material of hot forged steel, acknowledges the imprint of the human hand on our surroundings. As art critic and theorist Rosalind Krauss...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Shayne Dark Art

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Metal

Bough Laden with Raspberry
By Shayne Dark
Located in Montreal, Quebec
In 1914, a group of intrepid young men set forth into the northern wilderness with the ambition to document the uncharted territory of the Canadian collective unconscious. Their medium was that of sketchbooks and paint, and with these they rendered a vast and previously unknowable landscape into a tangible national identity. One could call their distinct style picturesque, as it cohered to many of the attributes prescribed by 18th century thinker William Gilpen – for capturing nature so as to make it both palatable and empowering for the viewer. During the romantic period in Europe, certain visual tropes emphasized the beauty of the natural landscape despite the rapid advancements of industrialism. As such, the picturesque, when applied properly, enabled the viewer to apprehend and revel in the vastness of change and opportunity with which they were presently confronted. It is at a similar juncture that we contemplate the works of contemporary sculptor and installation artist Shayne Dark, who’s large scale arborescent schemes present a striking encapsulation of both the magnitude as well as the limits of our natural resources. In an age where the re-assessment of our modes of production and consumption has become a main constituent of our identity, his work serves as a potent reminder of this position’s precarity. One piece resembling a cluster of branches, for example, balances in a tenuous fashion, relying on the equal distribution of weight among all its parts to stay upright. In another work, the boughs extend upwards from a base so small it threatens to tip over. As opposed to the romantic and idealized conceptions of a nature as realized in the compositions of the Group of Seven, Dark, by working in the industrial material of hot forged steel, acknowledges the imprint of the human hand on our surroundings. As art critic and theorist Rosalind Krauss...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shayne Dark Art

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Metal

Bough Laden with Fluorescent Orange
By Shayne Dark
Located in Montreal, Quebec
In 1914, a group of intrepid young men set forth into the northern wilderness with the ambition to document the uncharted territory of the Canadian collective unconscious. Their medium was that of sketchbooks and paint, and with these they rendered a vast and previously unknowable landscape into a tangible national identity. One could call their distinct style picturesque, as it cohered to many of the attributes prescribed by 18th century thinker William Gilpen – for capturing nature so as to make it both palatable and empowering for the viewer. During the romantic period in Europe, certain visual tropes emphasized the beauty of the natural landscape despite the rapid advancements of industrialism. As such, the picturesque, when applied properly, enabled the viewer to apprehend and revel in the vastness of change and opportunity with which they were presently confronted. It is at a similar juncture that we contemplate the works of contemporary sculptor and installation artist Shayne Dark, who’s large scale arborescent schemes present a striking encapsulation of both the magnitude as well as the limits of our natural resources. In an age where the re-assessment of our modes of production and consumption has become a main constituent of our identity, his work serves as a potent reminder of this position’s precarity. One piece resembling a cluster of branches, for example, balances in a tenuous fashion, relying on the equal distribution of weight among all its parts to stay upright. In another work, the boughs extend upwards from a base so small it threatens to tip over. As opposed to the romantic and idealized conceptions of a nature as realized in the compositions of the Group of Seven, Dark, by working in the industrial material of hot forged steel, acknowledges the imprint of the human hand on our surroundings. As art critic and theorist Rosalind Krauss...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Shayne Dark Art

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Metal

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