Shona Nunan

Arrival

Arrival

Foundry bronze (Edition of 3) Height – 230cms Width – 150cms Depth - 70cms

Guardians

Guardians

Foundry bronze (Edition of 3) Height – 250cms

Foal

Foal

Foundry bronze (Edition of 8) Height – 101.5cms Width – 53cms Depth - 26cms

Warrior Shield

Warrior Shield

Foundry bronze (Edition of 3) Height – 244cms Width - 74cms Depth – 46cms

Spirit Guardian

Spirit Guardian

Foundry bronze (Edition of 8) Height – 228cms Width - 67cms Depth – 47cms

The Quiet

The Quiet

Foundry bronze (Edition of 8) Height – 127cms Width - 115cms Depth – 51cms

Nisan

Nisan

Foundry bronze (Edition of 8) Height – 76cms Width - 43cms Depth – 21cms

Torso

Torso

Foundry bronze (Edition of 8) Height – 48.5cms Width – 62cms Depth – 9cms

Sentinel

Sentinel

Foundry bronze (Edition of 6) Height – 181cms Width – 48cms Depth – 30cms

Earth Guardian

Earth Guardian

Foundry bronze (Unique) Height – 236cms Width – 30cms Depth – 30cms

Dream

Dream

Foundry bronze (Unique) Height – 50cms Width – 38cms Depth – 24cms

Horse

Horse

Foundry bronze (Edition of 8) Height – 28.5cms Width – 31.5cms Depth – 11.5cms

Joy

Joy

Foundry bronze (Edition of 8) Height - 57cms Width – 53cms Depth - 40cms

Two Earth Guardians

Two Earth Guardians

Foundry bronze (Edition of 8) Height – 99cms Width – 86cms Depth - 32cms

Woman by the Sea

Woman by the Sea

Foundry bronze (Edition of 8) Height – 88cms Width – 32cms Depth - 12cms

Artist Shona Nunan has said that her inspiration comes from ancient cultures and notes the “simplicity of the language that I sometimes see there”. This simplicity of form is very much present and reflected in Shona’s work. However, what is projected to the viewer is a purity of form and the artists’ intimate knowledge of how line and scale can stir the most profound of emotional responses.

 

In creating these forms Shona is crafting a language, one that is continually evolving and finding new paths. In this language, unique to the artist, we see echoes of her deep interest in the cultural practices and learnings of others. Her sculptures are both contemplators and joyous beings of strength and resolve. They beckon us with a gaze that speaks of the past while being firmly rooted in the present.


Born in 1959, Shona lives and works between Tuscany and Provence. She is member of the Royal Sculpture Society and has exhibited extensively in Australia, Italy, France, Singapore, Hong Kong and Germany. She has artworks in the collections of Swire property group, BNP Paribus, Four Seasons hotels, Sydney University and the Al Muhaidib headquarters in Damman, Saudi Arabia.

 

While Nunan’s most consistent medium is bronze, she begins with plaster, quickly modelling and then laboriously carving and wearing this into her forms. The themes of her work are archetypal in essence. The Guardians, great protectors and defenders of life, are symbols of night and day, yin and yang, the partnership. The celebration of the Woman or the Mother in Shona’s work comes from a profound exploration of the feminine and using this knowledge to express the harvest, abundance, the cycles of life. The Horse and Rider another archetype, represents the Journey of Life. For Shona the relationship between the horse and rider reflect the relationship between the self, (the rider), and the horse, (inner self), at different times of life. 

A Portrait of Shona Nunan

By Hugo Cavalier

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