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Artist Statement

Shane Junop, a promising stone artist from Saskatoon, SK, is making his mark in the art world. His artistic journey takes him through the vast prairie landscapes of Saskatchewan, where he discovers the hidden beauty and intricate details within the natural stones. Fascinated by the geology of this captivating medium, he finds a reflection of the surrounding landscape in the unique prairie fieldstone that he collects.

The process of carving each stone is not just a task for Shane; it is a profound experience filled with inspiration and meaning. He aims to establish a profound connection between himself and the local stone, fostering a meaningful dialogue. It all begins on the prairie, where he discovers a stone that resonates beyond its mere surface appearance. This powerful encounter often leads to an impromptu rough sketch on the stone, marking the beginning of a transformative journey that will eventually result in a remarkable piece of artwork in his studio in Saskatoon.

Shane's approach to stone carving is unconventional; he directly carves into the stone, relying on his intuition to guide his hand. His carving technique manifest as bold, definite lines and graceful curves, gradually evolving into figurative and abstract carvings. Through this process, he seeks to capture the essence and soul of each stone, allowing its unique qualities to emerge.

In his artistic pursuit, Shane Junop embraces the natural world, immersing himself in the primal landscapes of the prairies. He intuitively draws out the artistic potential hidden within each stone, creating a harmonious union of human expression and the natural environment.

Education

2022                  Sculpture in Clay, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

2021                   Saskatchewan Craft Council's Grant Development Course, Saskatoon, SK

2018                   Classical Stone Carving, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

2015                   Oil Painting Fundamentals, Calgary, AB

Grants

2021                   Nuit Blanche YXE Festival Grant, Saskatoon, SK

2021                    Sask Arts Micro Grant, Saskatoon, SK

Group Exhibitions 

2023                   Art Now - 8th Edition Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair, International Trade Center, Regina, SK

2023                   Prairie Sculptors Association Group Show, U of S Innovation Place,  Saskatoon, SK

2022                   Art Now - 7th Edition Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK

2022                  40 Years of Prairie Sculpture, Prairie Sculptors Association Group Show, U of S Innovation Place,                                Saskatoon, SK

2022                  Earth Elements, Kerrobert Courtroom Gallery Duo Show, Kerrobert, SK

2022                  Winter Festival Art Show, Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert, SK

2021                   UnMasked - Contemporary Sculpture, Prairie Sculptors Association Group Show, U of S                                              Innovation Place, Saskatoon, SK

2021                   Art Now - Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair, Saskatchewan Craft Council, Saskatoon, SK

2021                   Nuit Blanche Festival YXE (duo show) Saskatoon, SK

2021                   Prairie Sculptors Association Group Show, Frances Morrison Library, Saskatoon, SK

2021                   Prairie Sculptors Association Summer Show, Back Door Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

2020                  Art Now - Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair, Saskatchewan Craft Council, Saskatoon, SK

2019                   Community Arts and Artisans Showcase, St. Thomas More Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

2019                   WinterGreen Fine Craft Fair, Conexus Arts Center, Regina, SK 

2019                   Completely Twisted - Contemporary Sculpture, Prairie Sculptors Association Group Show, U of S                               Innovation Place, Saskatoon, SK

2018                   Reflections of Nature, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK

2018                   Manitou Studio Tour, Darrell Baschak Gallery Manitou, SK

Bibliography 

CTV Morning Live Janella Hamilton Art Now 2020, Nov 17, 2020, Saskatoon, SK

Art Now online Session 3 – Focus: Art in Isolation, Sept 20, 2020, Saskatoon, SK

Memberships

Saskatchewan Craft Council, Juried Member

Prairie Sculptors Association, Juried Member

Collections

Private collections in Saskatoon, Vancouver and Toronto

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