Shona Lyon Sculptor

Shona Lyon

Shona Lyon specialises in figurative and portrait sculpture. Bronze is her primary medium, though she is also adept in various other media. Lyon’s sculptures are based on the principles of sacred geometry and classical sculptural techniques.

 

For Lyon, fine art was a calling later in life, following a successful career in business she had a yearning for change and to explore her creative side. Sculpture was her medium of choice which she embraced fully.

 

She set out to find a mentor, to learn the craft of classical sculpture. This mentor came in the form of international sculptor, Martine Vaugel, (a Master Sculptor and two-time Rodin award winner) based in Loire Valley, France. She entered the private tutelage under Martine, this guiding foundational practice was key to developing her own style and processes.

See an insightful interview by TVNZ about the career change and Shona's "Leap of Faith" by clicking on this image below:

 

 

 

 

 

At the age of 44 Shona Lyon decided she needed a change. Source: Seven Sharp

Lyon now works as a full-time sculptor, producing a range of work from small collectible sculptures through to large scale public and private commissions.

Shona’s most recent large-scale commission was a double Lifesize bust of Sir John Logan Campbell.  This 3m high Sculpture was created to honour Sir John’s amazing gift of 230 Acres of One tree Hill (Cornwall Park) to the People of New Zealand in 1901.  Today the park is visited by over 1 million people a year. This was unveiled in November 2020 and now stand proudly forever in our cherished Cornwall Park in Auckland.

 

Lyon's work traverses a range of subject matter- from sensuous human forms concerned with proportion and poise; to dramatic mythological subjects imbued with dualistic narratives of light and dark; to whimsical animal works that capture their unique character and disposition. Across all, Lyon masterfully manipulates her materials to achieve figurative and portrait sculpture that presents a careful balance of mood, tension and grace.

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The Dance of Love
Inspired by The Marriage of Figaro

This bronze sculpture has been created by Shona Lyon in collaboration with NZ Opera to celebrate their performance of The Marriage of Figaro.

 

This is an especially special performance because it has been 2 years in the making

due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Dance of Love Edition I will initially be offered exclusively to NZ Opera supporters for $11,995 and 15% of the proceeds of the sale of this Edition I sculpture will go to NZ Opera.

Shona Lyon
Current Sculptures

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Leap of Faith

The moment when fear yields to surrender, and we choose to jump into the unknown with nothing, but hope clenched in our hands.

Medium: Bronze Limited Edition of 9 

 

Size: 400 mm by 500 mm wide by 690 mm high

Price: $11900

Status: Contact Ngaire for available edition numbers

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Seesaw

The Nostalgia collection is inspired by my own childhood memories of love and play. We called it ‘romps’ and it would always result in one of these cherished, happy forms of connection. They make me smile. When I remember I feel warm, I feel loved , I feel happy….I belong.

Medium: Bronze Limited Edition of 15

 

Size: 230mm by 90mm wide and 320 mm high


Price: $2,900


Status: Contact Ngaire for available edition numbers

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Leap Frog

The Nostalgia collection is inspired by my own childhood memories of love and play. We called it ‘romps’ and it would always result in one of these cherished, happy forms of connection. They make me smile. When I remember I feel warm, I feel loved , I feel happy….I belong.

Medium: Bronze Limited Edition of 15

 

Size:  170 mm by 100mm wide by 210 mm high


Price: $2,895


Status: Contact Ngaire for available edition numbers

Shona Lyon
Current Sculptures

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Top of the World

The Nostalgia collection is inspired by my own childhood memories of love and play. We called it ‘romps’ and it would always result in one of these cherished, happy forms of connection. They make me smile. When I remember I feel warm, I feel loved , I feel happy….I belong.

Medium: Bronze Limited Edition of 15

Size: 90 mm by 160mm wide by 380 mm high


Price: $3,195


Status: Contact Ngaire for available edition numbers

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Abassi

His body reflects paternal values of strength, love, judgement, compassion and deliberation.

Medium: Bronze Limited Edition 2/3 

 

Size: 250 mm by 250 mm wide by 700 mm high

Price: $8900

Availability: Contact Ngaire for available edition numbers

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Alectrona

She is in that beautiful sleepy transition between dreams and wakefulness.

The dreamy place where you are neither fully awake or asleep.

Medium: Bronze Limited Edition of 10

 

Size: 500 mm by 270 mm wide by 120 mm high

Price: $8900​

Status: Contact Ngaire for available edition numbers

Shona Lyon
Current Sculptures

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Up-and-Over

The Nostalgia collection is inspired by my own childhood memories of love and play. We called it ‘romps’ and it would always result in one of these cherished, happy forms of connection. They make me smile. When I remember I feel warm, I feel loved , I feel happy….I belong.

Medium: Bronze Limited Edition of 15


Weight: 5.9kg (approx)

 

Dimensions: 200 X 270 X 160 mm

 

Price: $3,195

Status: Contact Ngaire for available edition numbers

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Eternal Love

There is nothing more beautiful than love, and nothing so powerful. The surface finish on this sculpture is textured, as are our lives. When we fall in love it is in spite of and often because of our flaws. It is the unique character of each of us that weaves the beauty of love into our lives.

Medium: Bronze Limited Edition of 9 

 

Size: 260 mm by 350 mm wide by 250 mm high

Price: $8900

Status: Contact Ngaire for available edition numbers

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Life's Dance

This sculpture is about the consistent dance of opposites and dualities in our world. The horse represents one being, the male and female torso symbolise the opposing forces in our life, both internal and external. It is this dance of contradiction that brings passion to our lives.

Medium: Bronze Limited Edition of 3

Size: 460mm by 330mm wide and 400 mm high


Price: $14,900


Status: Contact Ngaire for available edition numbers

Shona Lyon
Current Sculptures

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Joy

The Nostalgia collection is inspired by my own childhood memories of love and play. We called it ‘romps’ and it would always result in one of these cherished, happy forms of connection. They make me smile. When I remember I feel warm, I feel loved , I feel happy….I belong.

Medium: Bronze Limited Edition of 15

Size: 130 mm by 160mm wide by 270 mm high


Price: $3,195


Status: Contact Ngaire for available edition numbers

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Eternal Love

There is nothing more beautiful than love, and nothing so powerful. The surface finish on this sculpture is textured, as are our lives. When we fall in love it is in spite of and often because of our flaws. It is the unique character of each of us that weaves the beauty of love into our lives.

Medium: Bronze Limited Edition of 9 


Size: 260 mm by 350 mm wide by 250 mm high

Price: $8900

Status: Available

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Life's Dance

This sculpture is about the consistent dance of opposites and dualities in our world. The horse represents one being, the male and female torso symbolise the opposing forces in our life, both internal and external. It is this dance of contradiction that brings passion to our lives.

Medium: Bronze Limited Edition of 3

Size: 460mm by 330mm wide and 400 mm high


Price: $14,900


Status: Available

Shona Lyon
Current Sculptures

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Forgive them - They know not what they do

The woman represents mankind who is asking the Lion, the king of the Beasts, for forgiveness for the cruelty that human race has inflicted upon the creatures in the animal Kingdom. This sculpture honours the amazing capacity of animals to continue to love and forgive human beings despite our continual disregard for their lives. A donation of $1000 will be made to protect lions in the wild from the proceeds of the sale of this sculpture.

Medium: Bronze Limited Edition of 9

Size: 250 mm by 260mm wide by 350 mm high


Price: $8,900


Status: Available

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Chained by Belief

This Sculpture is about freedom. Although at first glance, he appears a prisoner shackled to a pillar(past). The reality is the link in the chain is broken and rusty. His closed eyes symbolises mans unconscious enslavement to his past. He is so accustomed to being in a set of circumstances or beliefs that he still acts as if he is confined and defined by them (chained). This work reminds me, that unless I consciously choose to re-evaluate my beliefs about myself and my paradigms, i will continue to be restrained by my past rather than live free in the present.

Medium: Bronze Limited Edition of 3 


Size: 270 mm by 360 mm wide by 840 mm high

Price: $8900

Availability: On Application

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Sir John

Cornwall Park, one of Auckland’s most treasured locations, has gained a double life-sized bronze bust of Sir John Logan Campbell, the philanthropic businessman who gifted the land to the people of New Zealand over 100 years ago.
Standing at 3 meters tall, the intricately detailed bronze sculpture of Sir John Logan Campbell took portrait and figurative sculptor Shona Lyon four months to bring to life. With a limited number of grainy photos from the late 1800’s to work from, the biggest challenge for Lyon was transforming Sir John from an old one-dimensional photograph to a 360-degree sculpture.
For Lyon, having the chance to bring one of her most admired people to life has been an incredibly humbling experience. “I’m very grateful. This is a way for us to give back to Sir John in thanks for his donation of Cornwall Park to the people of New Zealand – a place that has given us so much.”

Shona Lyon
Current Sculptures

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The Lion Family

The Lion Family represents the strong loving bond between families of all kinds, be it by blood, relationship or friendship.

Medium: Jesmonite, with 24 carat gold leaf in a limited Edition of 9. Suitable for indoors and outdoors.

Size: 600 mm wide by 600 mm high by 200 mm deep


Price: $4,800


Status: Available

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The Lion Family - Bronze Finish

The Lion Family represents the strong loving bond between families of all kinds, be it by blood, relationship or friendship.

Medium: Jesmonite, with bronze finish in a limited Edition of 9. Suitable for indoors and outdoors.

Size: 600 mm wide by 600 mm high by 200 mm deep


Price: $4,800


Status: Available

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Sir John

Cornwall Park, one of Auckland’s most treasured locations, has gained a double life-sized bronze bust of Sir John Logan Campbell, the philanthropic businessman who gifted the land to the people of New Zealand over 100 years ago.
Standing at 3 meters tall, the intricately detailed bronze sculpture of Sir John Logan Campbell took portrait and figurative sculptor Shona Lyon four months to bring to life. With a limited number of grainy photos from the late 1800’s to work from, the biggest challenge for Lyon was transforming Sir John from an old one-dimensional photograph to a 360-degree sculpture.
For Lyon, having the chance to bring one of her most admired people to life has been an incredibly humbling experience. “I’m very grateful. This is a way for us to give back to Sir John in thanks for his donation of Cornwall Park to the people of New Zealand – a place that has given us so much.”