As a child, Leo Sewell grew up playing with objects he found at the dump near his home. He would take them apart, and his parents would encourage him to put them back together. He followed their advice long after he became a grown-up and he now has 50 years experience has developed his own assemblage technique in creating beautiful sculptures out of junk
Most of his time is spent scouring the streets of Philadelphia for discarded materials of recognizable objects of plastic, metal and wood. These objects are chosen for their color, shape, texture, durability and patina; then they are assembled using nails, bolts, and screws. Right now, there are over 100,000 items in his shop, organized into 2,500 categories, from corn holders to gold-plated shark teeth. No matter how weird or useless an item seems, Leo will find a place for it in one of his beautiful artworks. Both the frame and surface of his sculptures are made of junk objects, assembled with nails, bolts and screws. The outdoor sculptures are constructed of stainless steel, brass, or aluminum found objects which are welded together.
Throughout his career, Leo Sewell has created over 4,000 trash sculptures from life-size models of animals, to a 24-foot-long dinosaur or his amazing 40 foot Torch. Leo'
s junk masterpieces
are collected by museums, corporations, and art enthusiasts around the world
For more info and images: www.leosewell.net