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FEEL, FLOW & FORM

Artist’s Statement

Irene experiences an indescribable freedom when she sculpts. She has no preconceived idea as to what the sculpture will be, what it will look like. It is this freedom that provides her motivation to continue. Focusing on the abstract allows her creativity to find its own end.

The basis for her creativity can be summarized as FEEL, FLOW & FORM. When working with stone, she is constantly feeling the curves and lines she is creating. The continuous flow of the work is critical. In the end, the form is pleasing to the eye and flows as a whole.

Irene sculpts in soapstone and alabaster and develops her sculptures slowly to allow the material to direct her hands and reveal its form over time. Her style is to create sculptures that are simple, diverse, and organic in nature. People use their own imagination to experience the sculpture on a personal level. One of my many admirers was holding one of my smaller works and said it brought them a sense of peace.

Overall, Irene would like others to appreciate stone as a medium, sculpture as an art form and abstract as an open-ended way of having new perspectives, whatever that may be for them.

“I am constantly feeling the curves and lines I am creating.”

Biography

Irene’s sculpture plays a very important part in her life. She always needed to express her artistic feelings. For many years, she had searched to find the right medium for 3 dimensional work. From the very first time she places her hands on stone to sculpt, she was captivated. The freedom that comes with creating what she feels is enlightening and a perfect outlet for her creativity.
 
Though Irene sculpted exclusively by hand for many years, she now includes the use of power tools. This enables her to expand the type of stone sculpted and thereby create more interesting sculptures. She continuously experiences other media to expand her creativity base.

Awards

  • ‘Thoughtful’ – bronze – Award Winner – ‘Figurative’ 2017 Art Exhibition – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • ‘Hand’ -wax – Special Recognition – ‘Figurative’ 2017 Art Exhibition – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • ‘Bow Tie’ – serpentine – Special Merit – ‘Abstract’ 2017 Art Exhibition – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • ‘Avalanche’ – soapstone – Award Winner – ‘Abstract’ 2017 Art Exhibition – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • Artist Showcase – Winner – Solo Art Series – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • ‘Starburst’ – alabaster – Award Winner – ‘All Women’ 2017 Art Exhibition – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • ‘Thoughts’ – soapstone & granite – Special Merit Award – ‘All Women’ 2017 Art Exhibition – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • ‘Neptune At Play’ – soapstone – Special Merit Award – ‘Seascapes’ 2016 Art Exhibition – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • ‘Noble’ – soapstone – Award Winner – ‘Open’ 2016 Art Exhibition – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • ‘Rock & Roll’ – soapstone – Special Recognition – ‘Open’ 2016 Art Exhibition – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • ‘Stallion’ – soapstone – Distinguished Artist Award – ‘Wild Call’ Online Art Competition – ArtAscent
  • ‘Ice House’ – alabaster – Special Merit Award – ‘Season’ 2016 Art Exhibition – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • ‘Gibraltor’ – soapstone – Honorable Mention – ‘Nature’ 2016 Art Exhibition – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • ‘Blowing In The Wind’ – curry limestone – Special Recognition – ‘Nature’ 2016 Art Exhibition – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • ‘Father With Children’ – soapstone & slate – Special Merit Award – ‘Figurative’ 2016 Art Exhibition – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • ‘Serpent’ – soapstone – Award Winner – ‘Animals’ 2016 Art Exhibition – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • ‘Penguin’ – soapstone – Honorary Mention – ‘Animals’ 2016 Art Exhibition – Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • ‘Penguin’ – soapstone – People’s Choice Award – Artworks Oakville
  • Award of Distinction For Artistic Excellence – Artscape
  • ‘The Wave’ – soapstone – Show Sculpture Award Biennial Open Juried Exhibition – Colour & Form Society

Shows & Exhibitions

Solo Show
2017

  • Artist Showcase – Featured Artist of Solo Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Gallery
  • 2016

  • ‘Living Stone – Abstract Sculpture by Irene Sirko’, Bezpala Brown Gallery, Yorkville, Toronto

 

Group Shows & Exhibitions
2017

  • Landscape Competition, Light Space & Time Online Gallery
  • Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Ontario Society of Artists – John B. Aird Gallery
  • Figurative Competition, Light Space & Time Online Gallery
  • Abstracts Competition, Light Space & Time Online Gallery
  • Contemporary Art Fair, The Artist Project

2016

  • Holiday Open House, Wilfrid Laurier Alumni
  • Holiday Spirit, Sculptors Society of Canada – Canadian Sculpture Centre
  • Women Competition, Light Space & Time Online Gallery
  • Portrait Theme, ArtAscent
  • Holiday Salon, Toronto West Art Collaborative
  • Seascapes Competition, Light Space & Time Online Gallery
  • Expressions in Art Show, St. Volodymyr
  • 60th Anniversary Show, Ukrainian Asociation of Visual Artists of Canada – KUMF Gallery
  • Open Competition, Light Space & Time Online Gallery
  • Rock About, Sculptors Society of Canada – Canadian Sculpture Centre
  • Wild Theme, ArtAscent Gallery
  • Seasons Theme, Light Space & Time Online Gallery
  • Canada Ukraine Friendship EVening, Central Ontario Export Club
  • TWAC/CNE Juried Art Show, CNE Arts & Crafts Building
  • Figurative Theme, Light Space & Time Online Gallery
  • In The Space of Colour – Landscapes, Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada – KUMF Gallery
  • Animal Theme, Light Space & Time Online Gallery
  • Biennial Open Juried Exhibition, Colour and Form Society – Paper Mill Gallery
  • Celebrating The Arts Live Auction, Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto
  • 17th Annual Juried Show, Artworks Oakville – QECCC Gallery
  • Contemporary Art Fair, The Artist Project

2015

  • Holiday Treasures, Sculptors Society of Canada – Canadian Sculpture Centre
  • Expressions in Art Show, St. Volodymyr
  • Stone It!, Sculptors Society of Canada – Canadian Sculpture Centre
  • Colours of Autumn Art Exhibition, Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada – KUMF Gallery
  • Outdoor Art Exhibit, Queen West Art Crawl
  • 50th Art In The Park, Oakville Art Society
  • Bizarre Bazaar, BizBaz
  • 53rd Annual Summer Show, Muskoka Arts & Crafts
  • Capture A Moment, Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation – KUMF Gallery
  • 18th Annual Art Show & Sale, Kingsway Lambton United Church
  • 200th Anniversary of Birth of Taras Shevchenko Art Exhibit, Oseredok Gallery, Winnipeg, MN

2014

  • Holiday Joy, Sculptors Society of Canada – Canadian Sculpture Centre
  • Christmas Marketplace, St. Joseph Catholic Church
  • 36th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, Visual Arts Mississauga – Art Gallery Mississauga
  • New Members Exhibition, Sculptors Society of Canada – Canadian Sculpture Centre
  • 200th Anniversary of Birth of Taras Shevchenko Art Exhibit, Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada – KUMF Gallery
  • 17th Annual Art Show & Sale, Kingsway Lambton United Church
  • 15th Annual Juried Show 2014, Artworks Oakville – QECCC Gallery
  • Artfest at the Distillery, Artfest Ontario
  • 20th Anniversary Shevchenko Exhibit, Ukrainian World Congress in Ukraine
  • Solid Ideas, Sculptors Society of Canada – Canadian Sculpture Centre
  • Expressions in Art Show, St. Volodymyr
  • Fall Art Exhibition, Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada – KUMF Gallery
  • Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Colour and Form Society – Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery

2013

  • 16th Annual Art Show & Sale, Kingsway Lambton United Church
  • 14th Annual Juried Show 2013, Artworks Oakville
  • ‘Toronto The Beautiful’ Juried Exhibit, Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation
  • Expressions in Art Show, St. Vladimir

2012

  • 34th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, Visual Arts Mississauga
  • 139th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Ontario Society of Artists
  • Open Juried Show 2012, Beaux-Arts Brampton
  • CFS Biennial Art Exhibition, Colour and Form Society
  • Invitational Art Show, World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organization
  • Fall Art Exhibition, Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada
  • Expressions in Art Show, St. Vladimir
  • Christmas Show, Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation

2011

  • Our Summer Show, Personal Show with L. Ireland & H. Klaassen
  • Fall Art Exhibition, Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada
  • Expressions in Art Show, St. Vladimir
  • Christmas Show, Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation

2010

  • Open Juried Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton
  • 11th Annual Juried Show, Artworks Oakville
  • Biennial Open Juried Exhibition, Colour & Form Society
  • Expressions in Art Show, St. Vladimir
  • Christmas Show, Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation

2009

  • Open Juried Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton
  • Open Mind – 135th Annual Open, Ontario Society of Artists Juried Show
  • Open Juried Show for Students, Metallic Art Society of Canada
  • 57th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Colour & Form Society

Commissions

  • ‘The Crest’, Soapstone Sculpture, Private Collection
  • ‘Shades of Green’, Soapstone Sculpture, Private Collection

 
Commissions Welcome
 

Professional Affiliations

  • Sculptors Society of Canada
  • Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada
  • Toronto West Art Collaborative

Education

  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Toronto School of Art
  • Haliburton School of Arts
  • Private Studies

Irene Sirko has a clear and consistent artistic voice expressed in her stone sculpture. Her work may be observed from all sides with equal pleasure. To date, she has worked most of the pieces by hand.

Selecting alabaster and soapstone as her main media, Irene works with the essence of the stone as she distills the principle planes into coherent abstract three-dimensional forms. Each plane is modulated and carefully integrated with the adjacent planes to form complex yet pleasing intersections. The works are carefully finished to bring out the natural colours and figuration within the stones, sometimes contrasted with segments of the raw stone as a counterpoint to the highly finished surfaces.

Michael Young, sculptor & mentor

I had first seen Irene’s work at an art exhibit a few years ago. I was very impressed with her work in stone. I commissioned Irene to do a piece for me and she set out to try and capture what she felt would be a piece of stonework that best expresses my personality. I can say that I proudly display it and am proud to tell people it not only came from an artist but from someone I’ve known for years which makes displaying it even more special because of the personal connection.

Peter Morrison, Royal LePage Signature Realty

Irene’s talent as an artist has allowed me to proudly display the 3 pieces that I have bought from her the last few years. People comment on the uniqueness and beauty of her sculptures that I proudly display at both my home and my office.

Michele Bailey, Blazing The Agency

The clean lines within Irene’s creations are beautiful expression that compliment textures naturally displayed with the stone. Each unique. Each stunning.

Sandra Robson, Artist

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