SteamPunk Squidipus

A unique work of art that would certainly be a conversation piece, SteamPunk Squidipus is made from found and forged steel, 90cm x 60cm 7 cm.

Alan Williams Metal Artist

Using the traditional techniques of blacksmithing Alan Williams takes art and sustainability to new levels. Alan transforms everyday objects into wild and mythical creatures. Each piece can take from a week up to several months to create and he brings new life and new use to old materials.

As a child, Alan used to turn toys into hybrid creations with a tube of super glue. After graduating from a 3D design course at the turn of the century, he trained as a blacksmith for several years. He gradually developed his style over time using materials he either found, collected or things that had been donated to him.

Alan creates works of art which are visually rich and capture the life and character of each beast he creates. The detail within his work draws the viewer in ever deeper between the dense layers of upcycled sculpted metal objects that form the final piece. There is always more to see every time one observes his work.

Most of the materials Alan uses are sourced from the scrap bins of mechanics, bicycle repair shops and car boot sales. The materials he uses are mostly retired tools, cutlery, bicycle, motor parts and old motorbikes which were once on finance plans. With the occasional gem like an old broken typewriter. The processes he uses are forging and shaping each piece and then assembling them by means of welding. He overlaps individual pieces to hide the welds within the work to give a clean seamless construction and finish. Some of the materials he uses are not readily found or available, so if he is commissioned to recreate a piece (such as his most popular Squidipus sculptures), each one is inherently different due to what materials are available at the time.

After years of building his rich portfolio of work, his unique style and technical ability set him apart from other artists working with scrap materials. He has created several public artworks and architectural instillations, as well as exhibiting in the UK and overseas. Alan works to commission as well as creating speculative pieces to showcase at shows and exhibitions. He is always open to create pieces to suit peoples budgets and desires.

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