Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Shark Mask


The idea of this piece just evolved with time into a mask-style shape with the jade component considered as a frontlet-style inlay. The shark as a central figure is revealed in a crest form.

Preston Singletary

The pounamu (jade) design refers to Tangaroa — the god of the sea. I have used the design koru as wave elements to create the facial image of Tangaroa. Sharks are known as one of Tangaroa’s guardians.

Lewis Gardiner

Preston Singletary / Lewis Gardiner

Preston Singletary / Lewis Gardiner

Collaboration for the Fire & Water: Pacific Visions in Glass and Jade exhibition, 2007.

Collaborations between great artists are historically rare, despite frequent attempts and enthusiastic interest to bring technical skills and artistic chemistry together. In the end, it often seems that personal careers, distance, and other issues make these projects too difficult to realize. What makes this particular collaboration even more remarkable is that the two artists are geographically in different hemispheres — almost at polar opposites of the world.