Shane Woolridge, Sculpture Artist
Born in Cheltenham in 1959, Shane attended Gloucestershire Technical College and qualified as a stonemason. With over 30 years of masonry under his belt, and a creative side needing to be explored, Shane started looking for different applications for stone. But it wasn’t until a move to Queenstown and the discovery of the beautiful local schist stone that the desire to create art was fuelled. Shane has always been fascinated with forms and began to experiment with the idea of shaping schist to create large installations that are expertly engineered –some seeming to defy gravity.
“There is always an element of surprise with each three-dimensional piece, depending upon the position the sculpture is viewed from as well as the landscape it is situated in,” says Shane.
In 2008 his first serious commission The Split Apple, created for a local collector, required 4 months of intense high-quality work with a demanding design to push the boundaries of convention and bend the stone into this organic form.
He has now sold pieces to passionate buyers in NZ, Australia, and Europe. Working out of a studio in Arrowtown, in the Queenstown Lakes District NZ, Shane uses schist, slate, and is currently producing small and large carved & polished pieces.
His slate and schist Missing Link large-scale sculpture featured in an exhibition at Rippon Vineyard.
The largest and most significant piece: the 2014 public commission Thru Link To Peak is on display along the Kelvin Heights Loop Walkway in Queenstown.
As an artist, the freedom that comes with solitary, creative endeavour is all-important to Shane. How a piece relates to the landscape is key. The installing of pieces on sun-drenched, expansive properties with views that look like painted backdrops is his favoured place.
Shane Woolridge completed up to 20 large landscape works in New Zealand through private commission and two overseas in the USA and Scotland.
Countless small and medium works have been sold throughout New Zealand and all over the world.
Currently working on a public commission for Dunedin City Centre to be completed by December 2020.
|2018||Invitation to exhibit at Sculpture By The Sea, Sydney, Australia.|
Royal Queenstown Easter Show, Milford galleries Queenstown.
|2017||Spring Catalogue, Milford Galleries Queenstown.|
The Review, Milford Galleries Queenstown.
Te Waipounamu, Milford Galleries Queenstown.
Royal Queenstown Easter Show, Milford Galleries Queenstown.
|2016||New Compendium, Milford Galleries Dunedin.|
Art in a Garden, Flaxmere Garden, Hawarden.
|2015-16||Sculpture at Carrick with Milford Galleries Dunedin, Carrick Winery, Central Otago.|
|2013||Sculpture Exhibition II – Wanaka 2013, The Arthouse Gallery, Christchurch.|
|2011||Sculpture in Central Otago, Rippon Vineyard, Wanaka. (Work favoured by public vote).|
Art with Heart, Millbrook Resort, Queenstown.
|2018||Dunedin City Centre – Archibald Baxter Peace Park (to be completed Dec2020)|
|2016||Queenstown Lakes District – Thru Link To Peak|