Lyle Sopel, Biography

Sopel directs his focus towards creating works of art that reflect tactile lines and undulating forms found in nature and our natural environment, and mastering materials that are harder than steel. Working with jade, tiger-eye, quartz-crystal, amethyst, lapis lazuli, rubies, sapphires, diamonds and gold and silver precious metals, each of his rare and distinctive pieces emanates a museum caliber presence.

Internationally renowned for his heirloom pieces, Sopel’s work is highly prized by aristocrats, billionaires, heads of state, celebrities and royalty the world over. Lyle Sopel is the founder and developer of a new form of fine art known as “Contemporary Jade Sculpture”. Embracing both the classical and the modern, Sopel’s fresh approach to a medium whose legacy spans over 5,000 years is a revolutionary move in the fine art world. Sopel’s coveted world-class sculptures are profound expressions of his affinity with nature, texture, colour and form.

George H.W. Bush His Royal Highness Duke & Duchess
41st President of the USA The Aga Khan of Westminister

2015 Presentation gift, 20th Anniversary of Sister Province Relations, British Columbia Ministry International Trade, Guangdong Province, China
2015 Jade Buddha Statue Head, VIP Private Collection, San Diego, CA
2010 Jade Sri Chakra/ Icon ,India Cultural Centre & Temple, Memphis, TN
2008 Dept.of Music Permanent Public Exhibition, University of North Texas, Dallas, TX
2003 Largest Jade Buddha created in North America, Private Collection, Palm Springs, CA
2000 Commemorative stamp design collaboration for 2001 Chinese New
Year, Canada Post Corporation,
Vancouver, BC, original sculpted design
permanent exhibit, Canadian Mint,
Ottawa, Ont.
1992 World’s largest Jade Buddha, appointed as Sculpting Advisor,Temple in Bangkok, Thailand

2016 National Bank Financial, Chef Olympics Event,
Vancouver, Canada
2016 Hawaii Public Radio interview podcast, Lahaina, Maui, HI
2015 LIVERight Gala, Canadian Liver Foundation, donation of sculpture customized for this Event. Vancouver, BC
2014 Exhibition of Bespoke sculpture collection World Jade Symposium, Robson Centre, Vancouver, BC
2014 Ismaili Community Event Fundraiser, Stittgen Jewelers West Vancouver, jewelry donation for private auction for the North Shore Hospice Foundation.
2014 Celebrity guest, BC Jade Day Inaugural Event,
Parliament Building, Victoria, BC
2013 Celebrity guest artist and keynote speaker,
Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI
2013 Silent Auction Donation of original multimedia piece,
York House School, Vancouver, BC
2009 Canuck Place Community Celebration Fundraiser Sculpture Donation, Vancouver, BC
2001 “Jade, the Ultimate Treasure of Ancient China”,
Vancouver Museum, Vancouver, BC
1988 Canada Corporate Art Conference, Toronto, ON