The Black Spruce Gallery introduces another new artist, Vance Theoret, a sculptor from 100 Mile House. Vance is a professional artist, sculpting full time with many collectors throughout North America.
Vance connects with each stone, allowing its ancient memory to speak to him. Using this first impression of what the stone has revealed, he applies a “direct carve” approach, letting the design emerge. This roufh image is then refined into a clean, solid sculpture, with precise, yet minimal detail. “I let the stone tell me what it wants to be. The results are far more exciting than if I forced my ideas on my material.”
Working in alabasters, soapstones, slate, chlorite and Kissi stone, Vance carves a variety of subjects – but bears are by far his favourite. “Bears are like big kids that never really grow up. So I can get away with portraying a lot of human qualities in them. I like to explore the more playful, curious aspects of bears.” Vance Theoret’s work ranges from small pieces for gifts or momentos to larer sculptures for private and corporate collections. His pieces can be found as far away as Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland, Taiwan and Japan.
The Black Spruce Gallery currently has available Vance’s soapstone and alabaster bears from $400 to $500 in a delightful variety of characters.