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Majestic Animal Sculptures by Jason Shanaman

A hydrostone sculpture of a frilled dragon in a bronze finishFrilled Dragon Sculpture, hydrostone with bronze coating and patina

These majestic animal sculptures are the work of Jason Shanaman, our featured artist for today. Jason’s love of animals really shines through in his works, where he replicates the forms of reptiles like bearded dragons, and great apes, with incredible detail and structure. These incredibly realistic sculptures seem to function as small tributes to the beauty of the artist’s subjects.


A gallery of reptile sculptures on the website portfolio of Jason ShanamanA gallery of reptile sculptures on Jason's portfolio website

A small trinket box with a sculpted bearded dragon on topBearded Dragon Trinket Box, pewter finish

While Jason creates works purely for the sculptural art form, he also makes a lot of functional pieces, like jewelry boxes, magnets, and key-chains in the shapes of his favourite animal subjects. I adore Jason’s tiny lizard and turtle pendants! Any of these would make for a unique and wonderful piece of jewelry.


Jason’s process for creating his sculptures involves casting replicas of an original that he also produces. This leaves room for him to make interesting variations of a single animal form, producing similar sculptures in a variety of materials, and hand-painting them to look more realistic or stylized.


A set of three pewter pendants in the shape of the faces of great apesCenter for Great Apes Pendant Set, cold cast pewter with bronze finish

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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