Ted Speirs Sculptor 1935 - 2012
Ted Speirs was a gifted sculptor, well known in the local arts community. Sadly, he passed away in January, 2012. This webpage pays tribute to Ted’s creative energy and tireless commitment to the sculpting of wood and stone. Ted was well-loved and respected by friends, colleagues and collectors.
His passion for life and learning resonates throughout his eloquent creations.
For the past 12 years, he exhibited frequently with the Vancouver Island Sculptors Guild.
Born in Burnaby, BC, Ted worked as a lineman in the Cowichan Valley during the 1980’s. The valley’s natural beauty and First Nations legends and artwork inspired Ted. He began his journey of self discovery and personal growth by collecting and transforming driftwood. He called his process “collaborative, wherein his hands became his eyes to connect with the wood’s inner spirit.”
Ted used his imaginative powers and technical skills to create an intriguing variety of sculptures. He celebrated the abundant energies of earth and sky with dynamic shapes and sensuous forms. Recurring themes and motifs in Ted’s work include mythological creatures, goddesses, birds and sea mammals.
Photos in Title Bar: Left, Tree of Life, Yellow Cedar Root, 2008.
Middle, Phoenix Studio and Gallery on Wilkinson Road.
Right, Guardian Eagle, Soap Stone, 1998.
David Hunwick, friend and colleague.
David Hunwick founded The Sculpture Studio in Victoria in 2008. Ted participated in several group shows at the studio and was one of David’s personal friends. David enjoyed Ted’s inquisitive mind and uplifting personality. “He was always eager to help out,” says David, “and will be much missed."
David describes Ted as a dedicated professional with a genuine passion for sculpting. Using hand tools such as the adze, the gouge and Native hook knives, Ted followed his heart and let the wood reveal its inner beauty. “He worked in harmony with the materials and seemed to carve effortlessly,” says David.