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


Lyle Sopel
Curriculum Vitae


Collectors of Disctinction

  • Former President of USA, George Bush Sr.
  • Duke & Duchess of Westminster, UK
  • Former President of Germany, Richard von Weizsäcker
  • Former Prime Minister of Sweden, Ingvar Carlsson
  • H.H. Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan III, Paris, France
  • Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, London, UK

Commissioned works are also held in private, international collections.

Notable Commissions

2015 Presentation gift, 20th Anniversary of Sister Province Relations, BC Ministry of International Trade, Guangdong Province, China
2015 Jade Buddha Statue Head, Celebrity John Assaraf Private Collection, San Diego, CA
2010 Jade Shri Chakra / Yantra, India Cultural Centre & Temple, Memphis, TN
2008 Dept of Music Permanent Public Exhibition, University of North Texas, Dallas , TX
2003 Largest Jade Buddha to be created in North America, Private Collection, Palm Springs, CA
2000 Commemorative stamp design collaboration for 2001 Chinese New Year, Canada Post Corporation, Vancouver, BC
1992 World's largest Jade Buddha, appointed as Sculpting Advisor, Bangkok, Thailand


2016 Hawaii Public Radio interview, Lahaina, HI
2015 LIVERight Gala, Canadian Liver Foundation, Vancouver, BC
2014 Celebrity guest, BC Jade Day Inaugural Event, Victoria, BC
2014 Invited guest, Faberge Symposium, St. Petersburg, Russia
2014 Invited guest, Hermitage Museum Private Tour, St. Petersburg, Russia
2013 Attendee, Private Art Vault Presentation, Bank of Beijing, China
2013 Gift presentation to Oprah Winfrey from the Mayor of Montreal, Montreal, QC
2013 Honorary guest artist and speaker, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI
2013 Boardroom presentation, York House School, Vancouver, BC
2012 First edition hard cover book launch, "Alluring Presence", by Dr. Ross King, Pablo Mandel, Colette Gauthier, and Lyle Sopel, Vancouver, BC
2012 Invited guest , German Gemstone Museum, Idar-Oberstein, Germany
2012 National Travel & Life Magazine Event, Vancouver, BC
2009 Canuck Place Community Celebration, Vancouver, BC
1987 Commonwealth Imperial Conference, Vancouver, BC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Lahaina Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
2014 Creations Gallery, Napa Valley, CA
2014-16 “Art of Aloha” Lahaina Gallery, Maui, HI
2014-16 Lahaina Gallery, Bend, OR
2014-16 Lahaina Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
2014 World Jade Symposium, Vancouver, BC
2013 Creations Gallery, Rosewood CordeValle Luxury Golf and Spa Resort, San Jose, CA
2013 Lahaina Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
2013 Lahaina Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
2013-15 Lahaina Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 Lahaina Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
2012 Creations Gallery, Chicago, IL
2012-16 Creations Gallery, Victoria, BC
2012 “Art of Aloha” Lahaina Gallery, Maui, HI
2012 Lahaina Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2010 Lahaina Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
2010 Olympic 2010 Collection, Izzard Gallery, West Vancouver, BC
2009 Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York, NY
2008 “Art of Aloha” Lahaina Gallery, Maui, HI
2007 Lahaina Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
2007-08 Lahaina Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
2007-08 Lahaina Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006-10 Lahaina Gallery, Bend, OR
2005 Lahaina Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
2005 Lahaina Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
2004-10 Creations Gallery, Victoria, BC
2003 Art of Man Gallery, Victoria, BC
2002 North Shore Arts Council, North Vancouver, BC
2001 Sopel Fine Arts Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2001 “Jade, the Ultimate Treasure of Ancient China”, Vancouver Museum, Vancouver, BC
1998 New York Art Exposition, New York, NY
1995 Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, Vancouver, BC
1993 Sage Brush Gallery, San Sable Island, FL
1991 Lahaina Gallery, Maui, HI
1988 Canada Corporate Art Conference, Toronto, ON
1987 Southland Museum, Invercargill, NZ
1986 Expo ’86 Exhibition, Canada Pavilion, Vancouver, BC

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012 Terminal City Club, Vancouver, BC
2010 Creations Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
2003 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2003 Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
2000 Tilting at Windmills Gallery, Bonita Springs, FL
1994-99 Whistler Village Art Gallery, Whistler Resort, BC
1992-98 Brousseau & Brousseau, Quebec City, QC
1991-99 Art of Man Gallery, Lake Louise, AB & Victoria, BC

Corporate Collections

  • BC Ministry of Tourism
  • Carborundum
  • CIBC World Markets
  • Fortis BC
  • Grosvenor Americas
  • Genstar
  • IBM Corp.
  • The Jim Pattison Group
  • Ledingham McAllister
  • Mining Association of BC
  • Nikken of Japan
  • ProCura Real Estate Services Ltd.
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Swiss Bank Corporation
  • Teck Resources Ltd.
  • Vancouver Board of Trade