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Master sculptor Lyle Sopel is dedicated to the creation of fine art gemstone sculpture. His work is comprised of one of a kind masterpieces in jade and semi-precious gemstone, as well as limited edition pieces in bronze with stone embellishments.
Renowned for his museum caliber wildlife / abstract sculptures, Sopel has dedicated over thirty years of working and exploring the three dimensional form in stone.
The discipline of sculpting requires a vast knowledge of drawing, painting and the intuitive ability to visualize forms three dimensionally. Add to this the physical and creative challenges of sculpting hard stone and a sculptor could take nearly a lifetime to achieve proficiency in this field. Sopel’s artistic journey has spanned over twenty five years as a master of sculpting in the jade medium. In 1987 National Geographic Magazine acclaimed “Lyle Sopel is among the best of the world’s contemporary jade sculptors”.
Today his work continues to reflect his affinity with nature, as well as his passion for the palette of colours and textures from rare and exotic minerals and gemstones. Incorporating rough and finished gemstones into his sculptures Sopel’s intention as an artist is to try and interpret the magnificence, mystery, and the power of nature. Each piece that he creates is an expression of this artist’s fascination with nature’s theatre and the human like qualities that are subtle yet evident in wildlife creatures. Working in themes that depict essences of drama, whimsy, joy and lightheartedness, his works of art have been critiqued as sculpture that moves, has a spirit and actually seems alive.
Sopel’s sculptures have been exhibited in group and one man shows through out Canada and the United States. His work is housed in the fine art collections of heads of state, art connoisseurs and royalty from around the globe. His passion to create has continued to build a solid cadre of ardent international fine art collectors.
ARTIST QUOTE: “I think of man and animal as having the same living spirit. I try to capture this feeling whenever I create a piece.”
Born on December 29, 1951 in Richmond, BC. Nationality is Canadian
2005 JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2004 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
1998 New York Art Exposition, New York, NY
1995 Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, Vancouver, BC
1993 Sage Brush Gallery, Sanibel Island, FL
1991 Lahaina Gallery, HI
1987 Jade of the Pacific, Southland Museum, New Zealand
1987 Commonwealth Conference, Royal Suite Exhibit, Panpacific Hotel, Vancouver, BC
1986 Discovery Canada, Canada Pavillion Expo, Vancouver, BC
1986 Expo '86, Canada Pavillion Public Exhibition, Vancouver, BC
Hong Kong Bank of Canada
The Jim Pattison Group
Tech Corp of Canada
Royal Bank of Canada
Mining Association of British Columbia
Swiss Bank Corporation
TeckCominco - Grosvenor Americas Ltd
Duke and Duchess of Westminster
Prince Karim Aga Khan IV
United States President George Bush Sr.
United States President Bill Clinton
President Von Weizaecken of Germany
Prince Takamodo of Japan
Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson of Sweden
His Royal Highness the Sultan of Johar
Southland Museum, New Zealand
Victor Scott Award for Visual Arts
Langara College Scholarship Arts Award
1987 "Jade: Stone of Heaven", National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.
1988 "Discovery", Cathay Pacific Airways Publication, "Jade: Phantom Stone of Canada", Hong Kong
1991 "Jade", By Roger Kerverne and Peter Bridgewater, Anness Publishing Ltd., United Kingdom
2011 "Alluring Presence", published by Read Leaf
1992 Advisor to the Lord Abbot of Bangkok, Thailand for the world's largest sitting jade Buddha sculpture
The American Artists Professional League
Sculptors Society of British Columbia
Western Wildlife Foundation
World Wildlife Association
Pacific Whale Foundation
2009 YouTube video
2000 2000 2000 Canada Post Corp., assist in designing a stamp to commemorate 2001 Chinese New Year