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My sculptures evolve from my own thoughts, artistic inclinations, and sense of humor. I started welding art work in 1973 when I was 16. As I've become more experienced technically and philosophically, so has my work.

Using balance, springs, and dead machinery, I recycle both the metal and energy to create moving humor and insights. Motion is key to most of my larger work, using springs, balance, and spinning motions to bring my sculptures to life. I use a MIG welder for my Recycled Sculptures and finish with a metal lacquer to bring out the mixed metals colors.

I create all my sculptures, from the inception to finished piece. In addition, my life partner Edie Ehlert, does most of the business activity. Since part of my artistic process includes showing off work, she gets to add detail suggestions as well.

Perfecting skills while continuing artistic exploration are constant challenges. Flying Machines, which "fly" using small batteries and motors for power, are particularly technical and challenging. Video is my most recent project, capturing sculptures in motion, and creating motion with animation.

  • Laumeier Contemporary Art Fair, St. Louis, MO 2000
  • Plaza Fine Arts Fair, Kansas City, MO 1997
  • Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, Austin, TX 1998-99
  • Boston Mills Artfest, Peninsula, OH 1996-2000
  • Art and Apples, Rochester, MI 1995-96, 99
  • Oakbrook Center Invitational, Oakbrook, IL 1996-97, 99-2000
  • Art Fair on the Square, Madison, WI 1992, 1994-97, 2000
  • Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN 1991-2000
  • TN Assoc. of Craft Artists, Nashville, TN 1993-95, 1998
  • Fourth Street Festival, Bloomington, IN 1998
  • Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts, WI 1994, 1996-98, 2000
  • Boston Mills Artfest, First in Category, 1996, 1998
  • Art Fair on the Square, Invitational Award, 1994, 2000
  • Fourth Street Festival, First in Category, 1998

Ferryville, WI
Home: 608-734-3223
Work: 608-734-3223
Web: www.welderboy-art.com

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"Conducting the Universe"

36" high

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"Out of Control"

36" high

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"Planetary E-Motion"

25" high

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"Tree of Life"

14" high

Photography by Bill Lemke

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