Abstract Steel Sculpture

These Abstract Steel Sculptures are the result of years in and around steel. The son of a boiler maker and steel worker and with a grandfather a tool and die maker, it was only natural that Jonathan Steele would create with and in steel.

These are also in chronological order from when they were created. Here you will see the maturation of my skills and the improvement in my creation process.

A self taught tool and die maker himself, he opted for the abstract steel sculpture, welded steel sculpture, and found art steel sculpture.

Cube

Cube is the welded found art from steel art of Jonathan Steele. This is one of the earliest creations. It is a study of simplicity. To learn more about this artwork, please click on the image.

On the next page, you can learn more about the inspiration and creation of this small work of art.



Discus

"Looking at lamp weights, they seemed to tell me how they wanted to be welded together. And this was the result. It is one of my earlier works. It sold outright to a gallery owner in New Hope, PA."

His faith in my work and talent helped me to continue on to do even better works. For this, I will be forever grateful.

Discus (Sold)

The Inspiration of Discus

The inspiration for discus was simply the fluidity of circles working together. It was created with no cartoon. There was no designing involved. It was simply a design seen in the imagination and interpreted into the piece you see here.

It was named on completion. When in school in track and field, I once took third place in the discus throwing. The view of these lamp weights reminded me of all the bad throws it took to learn how to get a great one.

Perfection was found in the throw that had a perfect angle, perfect release and a perfect pitch. It was as if these pieces of scrap metal knew where to go, what to do.

Its Previous Life

The metal making up the circles in Discus are lamp weights. The base is pine with a felt base.

The Size

It measures 18 inches tall (46cm) on a 6 inch by 6 inch by 6inch base.



Towering Circles

"I love loops and rings. This is what came of the rings and things I had laying around my studio"

Towering Circles (Sold)

Much like discus, the inspiration for Towering Circles was the form and function of circles. This scrap steel just begged to be put together in this welded steel art piece you see.

There is a second aspect to the inspiration. It was created as part of a series of steel sculpture to make abstract steel sculpture affordable.

It is made of a found piece of plasma cut steel (the base), a steel rod, some lamp weights and some bearing races.

It was then sandblasted and clear coat finished.

It is heavy.

This is a fun piece. Some will ask what it is. Others will know. With such a piece of art, simply ask the question...What are the circles doing.



One of These

Car Part Art / Steel Sculpture

Actually, truck part art, this is an assemblage of old truck parts only in ways they were never intended to go.

Currently Available



Mobius

"I was fascinated with mobius loops. The thought occurred to me, what if it was possible to create one out of steel. While not a true mobius, this makes people wonder where it starts and where the steel ends."

An added benefit, no matter which way you turn it, it provides you with an interesting view.



One of These

Car Part Art / Steel Sculpture

Actually, truck part art, this is an assemblage of old truck parts only in ways they were never intended to go.

Currently Available



This Way

"People often ask how long it took to make a painting or a sculpture. Often my response is 30 years as it took me that long to get good enough to command the prices I get. However, Morph is a piece that literally took six years to make. The wheel hub was obtained in 2006. It sat by my back door, occasionally acting as a door stop. Every day, seven days a week, walking by the hub, thoughts ran through my mind. The main thought, what are you going to prove to be. Then one day, with the pressure of a show and the need for more pieces, an inspiration came."

With just two spiral cuts, the wheel hub and the bearing became three pieces that make up the piece you see which is called Morph. It was created in 2012

An added benefit, no matter which way you turn it, it provides you with an interesting view.

It is available.



This Way

"Every so often, a piece comes together and it is just pure fun to create. This Way was one such piece."

The inspiration for this was the directionality of life and how we can sometimes go any which way we want. Sometimes life directs us in the way we go. Whether we have an up day or a down day, this piece can reflect the feelings we are having or the choice we make and want to have. May your direction be a great one.

It does move.

And it's available.






Steel Fish Sculpture hammered out of a car hood. The ultimate recycle of car part art.

Car Art is another kind of abstract art you might enjoy. Learn about it here.

More Car Art photos of abstract steel sculptures made from car parts.





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