George Shadford

 

George Shadford was born in 1959 in Namibia, and moved to Canada in 1973. He currently lives and works in Ingersoll, Ontario.

“The feeling of movement is very important in my sculpture. I try to capture that single frame in a moment of life with every frame a composition of captured motion and emotion. It is a search for the gestures in our lives that express the condition of our daily states of being. Statements of joy or sadness, of comedy and drama. I want my work to cause a reaction in people, to touch them deeply and to move them to laughter and reflection.

I store images taken with pen, pencil or with my minds eye. Images stored away to percolate up through the layers of my mind and imagination. Images of people living their lives. Stories lifted from scenes in malls, on buses, street corners and line-ups.

My sculptures are a reflection of my own journey through life bearing witness and testimony to an inner and outer world.”

 

Biography

EDUCATION

  • 1981 – 1984 Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON
  • 1979 – 1981 Sheridan College, Oakville, ON

SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2016 Go Figure, First Canadian Place Gallery, curated by Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2009 Juried Exhibition, Woodstock Public Art Gallery, ON
  • 2008 McMichael Art Show and Sale
  • 2007 McMichael Art Show and Sale
  • 2006 ‘A Matter of Clay 2′, Jonathon Bancroft-Snell, London, ON
  • 2005 ‘Lost in Wax, Cast in Bronze’, Solo Exhibition, Jonathon Bancroft-Snell, London, ON
  • 2003 ‘Details’ Exhibition of Sculptures with Erin Clark’, Jonathon Bancroft-Snell, London, ON
    ‘Hard Bodies’, Woodstock Public Art Gallery, ON
  • 2002 Juried Exhibition, Woodstock Public Art Gallery
  • 2001 ‘A Matter of Clay’, Jonathon Bancroft-Snell, London, ON
  • 2000 ‘Solo Exhibition of Sculpture and Painting’, Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, ON
  • 1992 ‘Exhibition of Sculpture with Neil Cox’, Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, ON
    Juried Exhibition, Art Credo, Toronto, ON
  • 1991 Juried Exhibition, London Regional Art Museum, ON
  • 1990 Solo Exhibition of Sculpture, Woodstock Public ArtGallery, ON
  • 1988 Juried Exhibition, Linwood Art Centre, Simcoe, ON
    Juried Exhibition, Woodstock Public Art Gallery
  • 1986 Solo Exhibition of Paintings, Link Gallery, Toronto, ON

AWARDS

  • 2002 Public Choice Award, Woodstock Public Art Gallery, ON
  • 1998 First Place in Category, Wasaga Beach International Sand Carving Competition
  • 1995 Third Place in Category, St. Paul International Sand Carving Competition
  • 1992 Third Place in Category, Art Credo, Toronto, ON
  • Third Place in Category, Harrison Hot Springs International Sand Carving Competition
  • 1988 Juror’s Award, Woodstock Public Art Gallery
  • 1984 Scholarship for Part-Time Sculpture Students, Ontario College of Art and Design

COLLECTIONS

  • Canadian Heritage Art Company, Kleinburg, ON
  • Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Galleries, London, ON
  • Marten Arts, Inc., Bayfield, ON
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