The Art of Blacksmithing Is Not Dead as Long as Such Artwork Exists
There are a lot of professions that have already gone or will soon disappear forever. Like farming, postal service mail sorters, switchboard operators, and...maybe blacksmiths? No, blacksmiths are not on the list. And here is why.
Bright Side has collected the works of modern blacksmiths you won`t believe are made of iron.
1. Selçuk Yılmaz
This gigantic lion sculpture has a pretty innocuous name — Kali. The artist himself is from Turkey and for the most of his works, Selçuk uses steel cut into thin strands or curled steel fragments. He is a virtuoso in the manipulation of this material.
2. Paul Gilbert
Paul Gilbert is a blacksmith, who does all kinds of work. From decorative works for garden and home to massive gates. Fencing, railing, and iron sculptures are also in his list. To keep his work safe from rusting over time, Paul galvanizes the wrought iron.
Gary Hovey is an artist of amazing strength and will. A sculptor and qualified welder, he suffers from Parkinson’s disease and still keeps working. For the past 10 years he hasn’t forged, but he creates his sculptures from kitchen appliances, cutting and welding parts. Most of his sculptures are animals. The material he uses is very well suited for depicting fur and feathers.
4. JK Brown
JK Brown also turns metal into animals. He uses scrap metal for his sculptures. Since his childhood JK has loved watching animals and his entire creative process is about celebrating the beauty of nature. He makes snakes, butterflies, birds, and even mantises.
Flowers and colorful metal patterns are definitely part of this artist’s style. Scott Raabe’s work is all about the details. He uses the intersection between pipes and other cuts of metal to weld his layered patterns.
6. Mylinh Nguyen
His alien creatures are made of brass, bronze, and silver. His work begins as a sketch in a notebook because metal is not the easiest material to have to re-manipulate if you don’t like the final product. He uses a lot of skeletal details in his sculptures. He does jellyfish and imaginary creatures, aquatic dwellers, and unknown, sometimes scary creatures. All of his work is somehow connected with either light or mystery.
7.Fernando Suárez Reguera
Fernando Suárez Reguera is based in Barcelona. He works with bronze, wrought iron, and sometimes even resin. The figures that he makes look fragile, alive, and at the same time monumental. His signature is that he combines creatures and architectural forms.
This sculptor is teasing us. In his work, he tries to combine the opposite parts of human nature like creativity and destruction. Quinn is trying to make a statement about our ability to change things, to impact the reality we live in and make it better.
Miloradovic is from Belgrade, Serbia. He graduated from the Academy of Arts and dived deep into sculpting. In the beginning, his materials were clay and stone, but later he changed his mind and went into iron. What he’s trying to do is to express the warmth of life with cold materials.
His beautiful creations are made of steel and sadness. He took the long way to find his recognizable style. In fact, his story began with loss. When John’s Aunt Effie died he made a little angel statue from discarded metal. With all of his heartbroken emotions and energy he created the first object of a new era in his art. Since then his style has turned into its own direction.
11. Andy Scott
As this guy from Glasgow has said: “I make big beasts.” His sculptures not just big they are enormous. Scott`s been influenced by Marvel comics and both of his creative parents. His main goal is to give life to the steel and to add some dynamic to the metal.
His sculptures are cold and smooth. You want to touch it from your first glance. They’re also a little bit scary. Polished metal makes even a walleye look posh and royal. Nielsen’s works are dramatically detailed and breathtaking.
He has earned the nickname “Cowboy Artist” maybe because of his courage, which you see in all of his work, or maybe because he’s always wearing a cowboy hat. He says that his favorite subject to work with is a horse.
Jordi Díez Fernández is based in Barcelona. He creates figurative sculptures to celebrate the people he admires. His favorite material is steel and his favorite subject is human emotions. Fernández makes his art about love, motherhood, and the secrets of a human nature. He is inspired by the beauty of the body.
Stephen Fitz-Gerald is literally the man of art. He does fine art, trance-ambient music, photography, and design. As a sculptor, he works with different models and uses the scrap metal to talk with his audience about grace and the fragility of beauty.
Bonus: Iron hot dog! Or hot iron dog?
They’re called The Full-Metal Gang for a reason.
Humor is a big part of any art process. Blacksmiths are no exception. As we saw they do a lot of serious stuff, but that’s not all. Look at those 2 objects above, which were also created from iron.
Which sculptures do you like the most? Do you know some other blacksmiths who create art? Share with us in the comments below!