Born in St. John’s NL, 1959. Maunder is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. He has been making sculptures, paintings and drawings for over 30 years, including large public commissions in St. John’s and Port-aux-Choix. His work has been exhibited in St. John’s, Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver, St. Catharines, Hamilton, New York, and Tokyo. His work is included in private and public collections in Canada and USA. His studio is based in St. Catharines and St. John’s.
I have spent most of my life living by the sea, witnessing the toll on nature and humankind caused by the demise of once abundant fish stocks. My sculptures, whether figurative or semi-abstract, express my deeply held views on the environment, the frailty of the human condition and the resilience of the human spirit.
Recent advancements in the science of genetic engineering, and the moral and existential dilemmas they present, have added another layer to my continued exploration of the complexities of the interaction between humans and environment. The oversized, sprouting seeds which often appear in my work, along with a threatening farm implement and a tree from a child’s imagination, made with rusted steel, are metaphors for these concerns.