Lazy Day 3

Lazy Day 3

Mother's Love

Mother's Love

Lazy Day 1

Lazy Day 1

Solitude

Solitude

Waiting for the Ice

Waiting for the Ice

Lazy Day 2

Lazy Day 2

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Stephen McLean

Objective :

This is the hardest part for me. I prefer to convey a message or emotion in stone not words. I love
transforming a solid motionless block of stone into something more; showing emotion, movement,
imagination, that is what I love about carving. I have evoked laughter, curiosity and even a few
tears with my works. I learned the basics from a tremendous group of artists from Tukuoyuktuk
that took me under their wing and accepted me with no conditions. I spent 4 years carving with
them in an old garage in Yellowknife and it changed me forever. Blake Noksana, Derrald Tayor
and John Sabourin each in their own way helped me develop my own style. They are all gifted
artists and incredible people that I am luck to have met.
Experience In the beginning I was born….
I am Canadian, born in Germany the youngest of three. My father was a RCAF mechanic
posted overseas. From there we moved every three years or so across Canada (including
middle school here in Winnipeg) finally calling Ottawa home. After swearing I would never follow
in my father’s footsteps I joined the military as a Medic when I finished High school. It was a great
adventure but after 10 years I wanted a change. In 1998 I transferred to the Royal Canadian Air
Force as a pilot and my longing for travel was again satisfied. Just as my father did I have
dragged my family from province to province and country to country experiencing all that the
World has to offer.


Military:

For many military and artist are two words that don’t really go together. I guess that I have
always been a bit outside the normal mould; for me it has been a good fit. As a pilot I have seen
Canada from a perspective that many will never truly get to experience. The vast beauty of the
North, the winding valleys of the Rockies or the ragged shores of the East coast. I must admit
though that my heart is still in the North.
The military has given me experiences that I would have never otherwise explored. You find
inspiration in the strangest of places. My best find was simple metal sculpture or a polar bear that
I found in a dusty market in Afghanistan. I spent 7 months there and it was by far the best
experience in my military career. A positive life changing experience yet at times some of the
worst days I have ever experienced.

Education: 

Carleton University Carleton, where the K stands for Quality. I enrolled into Biology at Carleton but quickly fell in love with the School of Industrial Design. It was a mix of art, design and engineering that quickly
became my passion. I graduated with a BA from Carleton in 1998 but have never stopped
learning from my life experiences.


Shows

Voted the Emerging Artist of the Year at the Great Northern Arts Fest in 2005. I was the exclusive
sculptor at Birchwood Gallery in Yellowknife from 2003-2006. Since then I have done mainly
consignment work shipping across Canada and the US. Most recent my work was in Ludolf
Grolle’s gallery here in Winnipeg.
 

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