Here the arch’s edges have been ground to a smooth radius and initial polishing.
The front leg after polishing.
Some specialist weld correction
Fine detail of weld
Front leg & arch ready to be connected.
Front leg & arch connected.
Front leg & arch connected.
Rear after assembly and Julian has completed assembly & welding along corners.
Top end of the rear leg.
Grinding corners again.
Completing Polishing to the rear leg.
Surface Finnish to the stainless steel.
Going back a long way, before making abstract art.
One of my early metalwork projects. The engineering teacher Mr. Kingston was certain that making this steam traction engine model would cover all of the metalworking techniques for GCSE O level.
Fairly advanced for the time in recycling, you can just see the Red Cedar paint tin label showing inside the roof.
This is not without significance because I became interested in material processes and the environment, collecting some pieces of discarded processed debris from the roadside, I made some painting or collage pieces from these and found they contained the Immaterial Material sense of things that I was looking for.
I made a series of these that counterbalanced my works on paper (1990’s) where I was painting a definite clearly defined line that at the same time had the effect of leaving a sense of uncertainty and the indefinite.
This led to finding pieces from the environment; here a branch has an uncanny likeness to a satyr.
My interest in making art in solid materials began in this way, pairing 3-D objects with paintings: like the East-West piece paired with the tempera painting East-West.
This was more or less one of the few figure pieces or figure paintings I made in the 90’s – mostly making small abstract paintings then.
Every so often making drawings for large public art pieces – probably a way of finding more space to create.
These are some of the origins to my sculpture & public art pieces and how they relate to painting.
Getting up to date I am now in the process of completing my most recent public art piece the ‘Motional Figure’ – some of the parts are shown here:
This is a pic from Jan/Feb 2010, when collecting the pieces from the engineering works, now assembled, polished and the whole piece nearly completed ready to install for later in the summer.
The pieces were cut out from my drawings and templates that took some time to make and test, making 1/7th, 1/3rd, and a full size models to make sure the curves were close enough to make the welds & edges fit, while keeping the original sense of the piece from the drawings.
Some views here of the welding of the arch:
And of the front leg:
– let my finger off the trigger just as the shutter closed on the camera, so no sparks.