Steve Ward’s material of choice is carbon steel, which he coaxes into art by cutting, welding, and bending. Some pieces include copper or brass. Steve first started metal working 10 years ago. At the time, he had been an Ironman athelete and needed a change of pace. He will often using a grinding wheel or brushes to abrade a surface, and finishes most pieces with a glossy patina. He mixes his own paints from dry pigments, polyurethane, lacquer, and wax.
Accustomed to figuring things out for himself, Ward is comfortable constantly trying new things. Ward looks to the detritus and chaos of industry both for the actual building blocks for his art and for aesthetic stimulation. One piece builds on a spattered and eroded piece of concrete that he had used as a work surface, which has taken on the timeless beauty of an archaeological ruin.
Every piece I start, I’m taking a chance… If I had some formal training, I’d be horrified with what I do and not do it any more; I would feel my work is wrong.
Building 8 – The Road Shop
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