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Wallpiece 05.35

Metal Wall Art

These one-of-a-kind abstract patinated wallpieces can be an elegant room accent or a bold, wall-filling statement. They have real and varied depth, and a beautiful palette of subtle patinas. Their shape frees your wall from the domination of the rectangular frame. Although they appear massive, the wallpieces are actually quite light weight, and can be hung on any sort of wall. Wallpiece parts are folded from brass sheet, brazed together into solid, smoothly finished boxes, patinated with permanent sculptural patinas, and assembled into striking modern designs. The artist does not title his wallpieces, but only numbers them, leaving impressions and interpretations entirely to the beholder.

The patinas are permanent, and can be hung out of doors. Any shiny brass parts or highlights will slowly tarnish over time like a brass doorknob, but the other colors should change little with age. Most of the patinas are achieved by applying chemicals in thin solution while heating the metal with an oxy-acetylene torch to catalyze the reaction between chemical and metal, and bring up the color. Many of the colors and effects come from a layering of different patinas.

Bowman's Wallpiece 05.35, like most of his wallpieces, can be hung any direction, on any wall, indoors or out. Its green to brown axis of sylvan colors sets off the small accents of relieved bright brass in two places: ground in sweeping lines into the central piece and in relieved highlights on the flowed bronze surface of the small quoin (at lower right in picture).
Dimensions: 31.0in H x 11.0in W x 3.0in D
This piece ships on or before: Tue, Sep 2, 2014
Shipping charge (based on items in My Basket): $65.00
$1,600  
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About this Artist

David M Bowman and Reed C Bowman

"My sense of form and composition comes from close and long study of natural forms, architecture from all periods, the compositions of the masters of painting, and the work of other contemporary and ancient craftspeople."

David M. Bowman Studio consists of two people: David Mills Bowman and his son, Reed Christopher Bowman. David and Reed craft most pieces together. They construct all pieces by hand, with hand tools and simple machines. No part of the production is ever hired out, nor does the studio take in work to produce or patina parts for other artists' designs. Wallpieces are one of a kind.

All of their work is produced from brass sheet and rod, formed into shape, and brazed together using an oxyacetylene welding torch. David and Reed mix patina chemicals from scratch and apply them by hand.

David began working in metal in 1971, near the time Reed was born; he first made silver jewelry, and later moved on to brass belt buckles, then to larger pieces in patinated brass. Over the years, David has worked alone or with different assistants, but he has worked exclusively with Reed since the mid-1990s.

"My work with wallpieces reflects my interest in achieving balance in asymmetrical forms. I enjoy the constraints of working with our simple tools and limited palette of patinas."

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