Jim Maunder

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Artist Statement/Biography

“I have spent most of my life living by the sea, witnessing the toll on nature and humankind caused by the demise of once abundant fish stocks. My sculptures, whether figurative or semi-abstract, express my deeply-held views on the environment, the frailty of the human condition, and the resilience of the human spirit.

“Human nudes and fish often appear in my work. The fish represent the vulnerability of nature. By combining the human forms with fish, I suggest the vulnerability of humans as a species, and, also, our responsibility to earth’s ecosystems. With the naked body, I express the temporary and vulnerable yet also joyful nature of life. Recent advancements in the science of genetic engineering and cloning, and the moral dilemmas they present, have added another layer to my continued exploration of the complexities of the interaction between humans and environment.”

(Jim Maunder was born in St. John’s, NL. A graduate of The Ontario College of Art, he has been making sculpture, drawings and paintings for more than 30 years, including several large public sculptures in St. John’s and Port-aux-Choix, NL. His work has shown in St. John’s, Halifax, Toronto, Niagara, Hamilton, New York and Tokyo and is held in private collections in Canada and the USA and the collections of the governments of St. John’s, of Newfoundland and Labrador, and of Canada. Jim currently lives in St. Catharines and spends part of his year in St. John’s where he is represented by Christina Parker Gallery.)

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