Master Sculptor Shayne Dark has elevated the natural beauty of these applewood burls by creating unique pieces. He collected the burls from orchards in Prince Edward County, stripped the bark and allowed them to dry for several years. While repairing the cracks in the dried burls, Dark was reminded of the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery--Kintsugi. This philosophy views breakage and repair as part of the history of an object. Dark decided not to paint the burls and left their raw beauty exposed. This is the second series of Windfall sculptures.
“There’s no specific message in my art practice. I want to reference or jog a memory of the natural world using natural materials. “ 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.