Sculptor Vladimir Shakov rock hunting in the Cascades
Photo by Chris Wooten, Tacoma mixed media artist
Sculptor Vladimir Shakov rock hunting in the Cascades     Sculptor Vladimir Shakov rock hunting in the Cascades
              Jade Blade                 Jade and Green Garnet

BIOGRAPHY

An accomplished artist with proficient skill in many mediums, Vladimir has deep experience as a sculptor, fabricator and photographer.

He has won many Best in Show and Purchase awards for his stone sculptures, bronze sculptures, drawings and fine art photography over the course of his art career.

Vladimir has produced public art commissioned by the City of Tacoma and Tacoma's Fern Hill Historic Business District. His sculpture is included in many collections including South Puget Sound Community College, the Figge Art Museum, Muscatine Art Museum, and Stanley Consultants corporate building in Iowa, where he attended the University of Iowa, studying fine art.

Additionally, as an Army photojournalist in Vietnam, he contributed to 4 publications while on active duty and received 3 commendation medals for photographic achievements.

Vladimir has multiple interests that range from growing exotic plants to designing and building architectural features at his home and gardens in Browns Point, WA.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Currently I work in stone I collect locally from the Cascade foothills; nephrite jade, grossular green garnet and other hard granite-like stone that can take a good finish.

My work is about primal contemplative forms, having minimal surface planes and contours that bring the viewer to the qualities of the natural stone; its color, translucency and flow. I suggest forms that have universal symbolic attractiveness.

Like the earliest Neolithic Chinese jade carvings, that were charged culturally with spiritual meaning, I feel a similar connection when carving, touching and viewing stone.

The stone dictates much of the design, based on its natural form and flaws. It's a collaboration, often with exciting surprises.

I want my work to convey a vitality of its own, to pull in the viewer to contemplate the moment and react spontaneously with their own interpretations.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Northwest Stone Sculptors Association, Seattle WA
American Art Company, Tacoma WA

EXHIBITIONS AND INVITATIONALS

2020
  • ICON, Group Exhibition, Lynn Hanson Gallery, Seattle WA
  • SW Washington Juried Exhibition, Leonor R. Fuller Gallery at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Olympia WA (Catalog)
  • 2019
  • Art of the Garden, Schack Art Center, Everett WA
  • Selected Works, Art Above Gallery, Tacoma WA
  • 10x10x10xTieton Annual International Exhibition - Tieton Arts and Humanities, Tieton WA (catalog)
  • Juror's Invitational, Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Olympia WA
  • For Tacoma, Invitational Group Show, Alma Mater, Tacoma WA
  • 2018
  • SWWA Juried Exhibition, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia WA Purchase Award
  • 16th Annual Art Exhibition, The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, Tacoma WA
  • New Work, American Art Company, Tacoma WA
  • 2017
  • Group Show of New Work - Minka Gallery and Design Showroom - Tacoma, WA
  • 10x10x10xTieton Annual International Exhibition - Tieton Arts and Humanities, Tieton WA (catalog)
  • 2011
  • Photographs and Wire Sculpture - 2-Person Show, Sandpiper Gallery, Tacoma WA
  • 2006
  • Concreativity, Invitational Group Show, Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library, Tacoma WA
  • 2005
  • The Biology, Chemistry, Physics Invitational Show, SeaTac Airport, Seattle WA
  • Suitcase Sightings, American Art Company, Tacoma WA
  • Suitcase Sightings Exhibit, Museum of Flight, Seattle WA
  • 2003
  • Biology 202-203 - Invitational Group Show, SeaTac Airport, Seattle WA
  • 2002
  • Biology 101 - 103 - Invitational Group Show, SeaTac Airport, Seattle WA
  • Boundaries - 2-person Window Installation, Commencement Art Gallery, Tacoma WA
  • 2001
  • The First Splash - Invitational Group Show, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue WA
  • 2000
  • Images for the Millennium - Photography Invitational, Random Modern Gallery, Tacoma WA
  • 1986
  • Award Winners Group Show from the- 40th Annual Pacific Northwest Arts & Crafts Juried Exhibition - Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue WA
  • 40th Annual Pacific Northwest Arts & Crafts Juried Exhibition - Bellevue Square, Bellevue WA - Award in Photography
  • Group Photography Exhibition, Equivalents Photography Gallery, Seattle WA
  • Third Annual Photo Exhibition, Phinney Center Gallery, Seattle WA
  • Photography/86 - Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA
  • New Photographics 86 - Central Washington University, Ellensburg WA
  • 1982
  • 2nd Annual Photography Competition - Anacortes Arts & Crafts Festival, Anacortes WA - Received 2 Awards in Photography
  • 1979
  • Galex 13 - Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg IL
  • 1978
  • Galex 12 - Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg IL - Sculpture Award
  • 1977
  • Iowa Invitational - Stanley Gallery, Muscatine IA - Sculpture Purchase Award
  • Two-person exhibition - Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City IA
  • 11th Annual Muscatine Art Exhibition - Stanley Gallery, Muscatine IA - Best Drawing Purchase Award
  • 1974
  • Conceptual Exhibition and Contemporary Ritual Performance, Solo exhibition -Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, Davenport IA (1100+ attendees opening night)
  • Artists in Residence - Davenport Art Shop & Gallery, Davenport IA
  • 1973
  • Mid-Mississippi Valley Annual, Davenport Art Museum, Davenport IA - Sculpture Award
  • 1972
  • Mid-Mississippi Valley Annual, Davenport Art Gallery, Davenport IA

  • PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS

    2013
    "Red Rooster Bench" - Fern Hill Historic Neighborhood Business District in Tacoma. Co-created. Sited with "Chicken Fun Sway" at 84th St. and S. Park Ave, Tacoma WA

    2005
    "Sea Charmer" - Face West Figurehead Sculpture for Tall Ships Festival, Tacoma WA. Co-created. (Catalog)
    2004
    "Chicken Fun Sway" -Red Door Project - City of Tacoma, Economic Development Department, Tacoma WA. Permanent installation in the Fern Hill Historic Business District. Co-created. (Catalog and Map)

    2001
    "Canned Salmon" - Commissioned by the City of Tacoma Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Tacoma, WA. -Permanent installation in Tacoma Theater District. Co-created.

    1973
    "Val 3" - Stanley Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City IA

    PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA

    2020
    SW WA Juried Exhibition Catalog and Virtual Exhibition, July 16, 2020

    2018
    SWWA Juried Exhibition Catalog, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia WA

    2017
    10x10x10xTieton Exhibition Catalog, Tieton Arts and Humanities & Marquand Editions, Tieton WA, Aug. 12, 2017

    2011
    Dave Davidson, "Know your public art: Fern Hill's magical portal" - Tacoma Weekly, April 28, 2011

    2011
    Dave Davidson, "Husband and Wife Team Exhibit at Sandpiper" Tacoma Weekly, July 29, 2011

    2006
    David Chesanow, "Public Art Tour", The News Tribune special advertising publication: Live Your Destiny, Tacoma WA, October 2006

    2005
    Lane Ficke and Carol Mathewson, "Red Door Project", featuring the sculpture Chicken Fun Sway. TV Tacoma interview, aired 25 times throughout the month of August 2005

    2004
    Kate Chenoweth, "Get cultured in Tacoma", Sunset Magazine, January issue, 2004

    2004
    Brad Broberg, "Doors Adorned", the News Tribune, Tacoma WA, Sound Life section cover story, May 14, 2004

    2004
    Brett Oppegard, "Public Art can help define and energize a city", The Columbian, Vancouver WA, May 24, 2004

    2004
    Alec Clayton, "Behind the Red Doors", The Weekly Volcano, Tacoma WA, May 20 -26, 2004

    2004
    Marcelene Edwards, "Fern Hill Spruces Itself Up For Business", The News Tribune, Tacoma WA, June 29, 2004

    2002
    "Salmon Sightings", The News Tribune, Tacoma WA, January 24, 2002

    2001
    Travis Weston, "Downtown Tacoma Gets 8 Feet of "Canned Salmon", Tacoma Weekly, Tacoma WA, Nov. 29, 2001

    2000
    Alec Clayton, "Images for the Millennium: Exhibition of new photographs at Random Modern Gallery", Art Access, Volume 10, December 2000, Seattle WA 2000

    RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Combat Photographer, US Army, Vietnam
  • Sculpture Assistant to sculptor Isabel Bloom, Davenport IA
  • COLLECTIONS

  • South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia WA
  • Fern Hill Historic Business District, Tacoma WA
  • City of Tacoma, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Tacoma WA
  • Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA
  • Davenport Art Shop & Gallery, Davenport IA
  • Muscatine Art Center/Stanley Gallery, Muscatine IA
  • Stanley Consultants, Inc., Stanley Building, Muscatine IA
  • Many private collections
  • For inquiries about Sales/Commissions/Exhibits, contact: VladShakov@gmail.com

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