About Lucas 

Lucas Kost was born in 1995 in the rural town of Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba. Being raised in a family of musicians and artists fostered an early love for music, drawing and eventually wood carving. Lucas' grandfather Robert Kost, a renowned Manitoban painter, served as an important early inspiration in Lucas' life. At the age of ten, Lucas received his first lesson in wood carving from family friend Marcel Desilets. These early lessons sparked a passion that has sustained to this day, as Lucas continues to develop his skill and passion as a full-time wood carver. In October of 2022, Lucas traveled to Monte Castello, Italy to complete a course of training with master Italian sculptor Bruno Walpoth. Here Lucas studied the traditional methods of sculpting the human figure in wood from a live model. This formative experience is sure to shape the direction of Lucas' future works in profound ways. 


Lucas' work ranges from wall hanging high-relief carvings, to full-round large sculptures. The wall pieces are carved in Cottonwood bark, which is harvested in a sustainable fashion from the banks of the Red & Assiniboine rivers. Many of these wall hanging pieces are inspired by the pagan legends of the Green Man and the tree spirits. Larger sculptures are first roughed in with a chainsaw, then slowly refined by hand with a mallet and chisel. Lucas' work strives to create more than just a physical representation, but to imbue the piece with a distinct sense of a living presence. 

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