The Creative Sculpture of Jock Hildebrand


JOCK HILDEBRAND is known internationally primarily for his stone and bronze sculptures in public places including Vietnam, China, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, and the Okanagan Valley (Canada) where he currently has his studio, gallery and foundry.

Jock has lived in the Okanagan Valley for a good portion of his life, with some time away in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Denman Island on the coast of British Columbia. He completed his education, launching a 30+ year career, through the Emily Carr School of Art and Design in Vancouver, which included a minor in non-western art history.  Jock’s extensive knowledge of African art and Asian history informs and inspires many of his works.

Jock has been active in the community through the formation of the Okanagan Thompson International Sculpture Symposium of which he was the founder and lead organizer.  It brought over 100 sculptors into the Okanagan Valley and left a legacy of monumental art in 8 communities totalling over 1.8 million dollars. He was also the founder of the Angel Awards (now known as the Okanagan Arts Awards) and started the first Arts Council in West Kelowna. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Central Okanagan Visual Arts Award.

Although Jock spent a few years of his career as a painter, having produced works of all sizes in oil, acrylic and water color, sculpture has always been his primary passion and he continues to create pieces of all sizes in various media.

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RECENT COMMISSIONS

Portrait – Siemens
City of Altona, Manitoba Museum
Heron’s Landing & Heron’s Court
Centuria Urban Village – Kelowna, Canada
– Lake Placid Developments
Shinran
Kelowna Buddhist Temple, Canada
Vientos del Sur
City of Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Thoughts
Peoples Government of Vietnam
Water           
Peoples Government of Vietnam
Dancing Pedestrians
Bank of Montreal
Children of Peace
OTISS           
Tortoise
District of Lake Country, Canada

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

Hradec Kralove, (Horice Sculpture Symposium), Czech Republic, 2007  
1st Central American Stone Carving Symposium: Puntarenas, Costa Rica 2006
Chou Doc International Sculpture Symposium: Vietnam 2005
4th International Sculpture Symposium - Vietnam: commissioned sculptor 2003
Changchun International Sculpture Museum: China 2003
Okanagan Thompson International Sculpture Symposium,
British Columbia, Canada: commissioned sculptor 2002
“Kelowna Sculptors” Group Show:
Art Ark Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, 2002
“Hildebrand” Solo Show: Rasa Gallery Westbank, Canada 2001
Edinburgh International Arts Festival: Scotland 1999

ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

From Sculptors Vision to a Symposium Mega Event,
Sculptural Pursuits, Sculpture Magazine, 2003
Reviews,  Sculpture Magazine, March 2003
Rock my World, Airlines Magazine, Sept 2002
Ways and Means, [A-N] for Artists (British), November 2002
OTISS, Espace Magazine, Fall 2002
New Directions,  by Dr. Edward Gibson, Curatorial Notes
Cult of the Mountain,  by Dr. Edward Gibson, Curatorial Notes
Islander, The Times Colonist, June 3, 1999
Hot to Rock, The Capital News, March 1999

AWARDS

Okanagan Arts Awards – Visual Artist of the Year - 2009
Canadian Cultural Personality - Cultural Exchange Program, Gov’t of Canada, 2003
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) 2003
President’s Award - Chamber of Commerce, 2002
Tourism Excellence - Chamber of Commerce
Helen Pitt Scholarship - Visual Arts

EDUCATION

2 year Fine Arts Diploma, Okanagan University College
4 year Fine Arts Degree (Studio) Emily Carr College of Art and Design

VISITING ARTIST LECTURES

Changchun China 2nd International Sculpture Conference
(Presentation of paper “Revolution – Sculpture in the Digital Age”
published in “Sculpturing Brilliance – Vol. 2) 2008
Federal Department of Culture and Heritage 2002
Federation of Canadian Artists 2002
University Women’s Club 2001
Okanagan University College, 1998
Emily Carr School of Art and Design, 1997

PROJECTS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Founder and Editor-In-Chief:  Sculptures Pacific Magazine
Canadian group delegation leader:
Changchun International Sculpture Conference 2003 and 2008
Founder and President: Arts and Business Council Westside 2003
Founder and President: Okanagan/Thompson International Sculpture Symposium
(OTISS) 2000-2002
President: Kelowna and District Arts Council 1999 & 2000
Founding Member: Denman Island Bronze Casting Co-Op.
Founding Director: Denman Island Public Art Gallery, Denman Island, BC
Co-founding Director: Studio 111 North,
A non-profit workshop school of Fine Arts, Denman Island, BC