"Projection makes perception.
The world you see ... is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition.
As a man thinketh, so does he perceive."
- A Course in Miracles
Brian James Wark
This is my Sculpture Bio.
I have walked ten thousand kilometres along forest floors, up mountain trails, along Great Lakes and Pacific Ocean shorelines to carry these amazing iconoclastic wood characters back to my studio.
I've felt profound respect for the extravagant beauty disguised in nature, just waiting to be discovered and extended by human imagination.
Trees struck by lightning in the forest; cedar root fence-lines seasoned over a hundred years; Newfoundland sea salted wood; 19th century Romanian oak from horse wagon village lanes; hardwoods with natural black spalting patterns; some with rocks actually embedded in the wood flesh...
Wood is my marble, my bronze. Wood is the canvas on which I paint. I co-create with Nature, my awesome partner, who speaka to me of larger matrixes of which we are part.
The wood grain textures and warm colours of these pieces literally invite the simple reassurance that the sense of touch brings. With these sculptures, eyes are attracted beyond the flat two-dimensional of canvas painting to 3D, add the dimension of Time and you enter 4D. Famed 'Group of Seven' Canadian artist, Tom Thompson, out in wilderness, often chose to paint on slabs of wood, valuing the texture of realism thereby afforded. Colours penetrate and diffuse differently into wood, shine differently from wood.
As far as I know, no one else is doing exactly what I am doing, employing acrylic paints, shaping and wood burning to create a distinctive mood and atmosphere.
I was first compelled towards this artistic urge more than 30 years ago while living in the semi-wilderness of Muskoka, Ontario. But even now, in the middle of the night, I am drawn towards the studio, excited in a fever of creativity, working on one, or several sculptures simultaneously, music blaring, time ignored. I love this, in fact, I cannot stop.
Subtle Voices within the Art:
This sculpture work is done with an awareness of Spirit; perhaps seeking in the art to apply a thought system that is psychological in its approach to spirituality, using quantum forgiveness as the main process of awakening, for me as an individual. Sculpture becomes part of my personal self-study course, helping me find outer expression in form, applying the concepts as best I am able at a given point of time. I watch for the vertical, extend the horizontal, while paying attention to the artistic language that comes forth.
An important influence in my sculpture pieces is my CD collection along with CBC Radio II jazz, classical, rock and world music... cut, filed, stroked, brushed into almost every piece.
Through many decades, I have also lived and worked with fascinating artistic personalities. I do not under-estimate the importance of their influence on my sculptures today.
In the 1970's-80's, I was employed by the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, twice as Manager of Communications, and later as Consultant to help design year-round performing and visual arts programs at the Centre. Immersion in a prolific atmosphere of talent and generative new works creation was a great gift that still energizes me.
I made a permanent move to Victoria, Vancouver Island, in March 2022. Thrilled by the vast array of raw coastal seashore treasures, I have completed dozens of new show pieces.
1980: 'Art of Living' seminar shows at Newbold House, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland.
1986: Kitchen Table Art, London, Ontario group show
1989: McBrien School of Creativity, Heartland, Port Perry Ontario, group show
1999-2003: Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound, Ontario, 3 group shows.
2016: Bold Pros exhibition, Toronto
2019: Helena Avenue Gallery, Toronto, 2-day solo show
2023: ARTSEA Gallery, Sidney BC Group show with BC Sculptor's Guild
2021-23: KnowThySelf Studio Open Houses, Esquimalt, BC, ongoing
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