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 inspired series of intricately woven ‘sticks’ that play with form and light. Shadows cast on the wall by these pieces add another dimension to the work. This sculpture is created from narrow rods of aluminum painted a bright purple—a marriage of organic form and industrial elements.
“I often use brilliant colour in my art practice and I hope that first time viewers will be visually arrested by the colour and then on closer inspection will be rewarded with multiple levels of attraction.” Shayne Dark
Inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2018, Dark has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. In 2017, Dark had a solo exhibition and an artist residency at New York’s Brooklyn Botanical Garden. The same year, he had 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 worldwide.