My work uses metal for the most part with forms borrowed from nature.
Jonas has fashioned an idyllic artistic environment on a three-and-one-half acre property partitioned off from his family’s original tobacco farm in the 1980s. Stonkus is a sculptor and land artist who has created a mini-Eden in the Carolinian microclimate near Langton, Ontario. He has integrated his metal and glass sculptures with the trees, shrubs, grasses and herbaceous plants, unique to this ecosystem, that he nurtured from small seedlings collected from various North American sites.
An Ontario College of Art graduate, he pursued his early interest in art by working with glass under an apprenticeship in Dublin, Ireland. His interests soon expanded to working with many different materials: glass, wood, metals (copper, lead), found and repurposed materials (electrical power cables, cement). He has been quoted as saying that he “…subscribes to the philosophy that any material can be used for art.” His family’s and his own close association with the land are reflected in his art and the home, studio and galleries he has fashioned from the original buildings on his property. A farmhouse has been renovated to meet his personal needs and to display his own work and those of his friends; a barn has been converted into his studio; a machine shed re-purposed as a gallery; and a tobacco greenhouse converted into a stunning, open-air gallery.
A process based exploration of material and the act of making.
I have been a maker most of my life, but have been a professional artist since 2013. I studied ceramics at Sheridan College and earned my MA in 2017 at the Royal College of Art. I have exhibited internationally in Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands and recently had my first solo exhibition in Toronto at Harbourfront Centre.