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Ian Sheldon is an award-winning, career artist internationally known for his diversity in both medium and subject. This diversity charts an interesting history marked by many career accolades along the way. He has had more than 20 years of professional representation in the arts, and has more than 10 years of history with Elevation Gallery.
Born in Edmonton, Canada, and having grown up in South Africa, Singapore and England, Sheldon sees himself as a citizen of the world. Once settled back on the edge of the prairies of Alberta, Sheldon immersed himself in the big sky of the prairie. Working in oil and glass, these often huge paintings explore his sense of place. Recognition came early, and in 2004, by the age of 33, he was already listed in the Canadian Who’s Who for his contributions to the national arts and culture scene.
With television profiles, magazine cover stories and a considerable archive of other media coverage, Ian Sheldon is rapidly on his way to becoming a household name as both landscape painter and storm chaser. 2011 saw the publication of Storm Chaser: Canadian Prairie Skyscapes by Argenta Press. The book was celebrated in Toronto with a major art show supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. This beautiful coffee-table book brings together some of Sheldon’s finest iconic stormy paintings. He has also been published in the UK and the USA.
After a tumultuous few years Sheldon has realized that it is not just he who heals while painting, but the viewers of his art are touched too. He has recently emerged as a powerful shamanic healer, or Soul Doctor, and is understanding more than ever how the powerful colours and subjects of his paintings can reach deep into the soul of those that spend time viewing them.