The Steel, Steam, & Art of Sculptor Anthony Jackson.

Anthony Jackson from Lake Odessa, Michigan, is an industrial welder and a steampunk sculptor.  He has been making himself known in the art world by entering the Grand Rapids ArtPrize since their first year.  For those who are unfamiliar with the Grand Rapids ArtPrize, they say they have the largest ArtPrize in the world with over half a million dollars in cash prizes going to the top winners.

Mr. Jackson’s creative endeavors go back to when he was a kid growing up on a farm.  He had the opportunity to use tools and equipment in his artistic explorations that most folks don’t have in their homes but are necessary tools of the trade on a farm.

While he has worked in other media, airbrushing and such, his favorite is welding and finishing metal.  His first ArtPrize entry was his well-loved dragon, “Edgar.”  “Edgar” was a metalwork dragon made of scrap metal and was about seven feet tall.  Edgar “wowed” the crowd, placing in the top 50 entrants during the first year of ArtPrize.

"Steam Baby" at The B.O.B. during ArtPrize 2013

“Steam Baby” at The B.O.B. during ArtPrize 2013

in 2013 at The B.O.B., Mr. Jacksons entry was another dragon with a Steampunk twist called, “Steam Baby.”

In 2014, in front of the Gerald Ford Museum, his entry was an amazing, mechanical, steampunk creation called, “Looking for Alice” and it has Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter on a tricycle.  “Looking for Alice” is also made with scrap metal and found pieces that he assembled and formed by welding, bolting, and other tricks of his trade.

The art enthusiasts can spin the front wheel and watch The Mad Hatter’s legs pump and the mechanical, winding key on his back rotates.  His use of negative space in the sculpting allows the viewer to look inside the figure and see his heart and other internal workings.

When not creating works of art like “Edgar” or “Looking for Alice” he also makes beautiful, handmade knives.  If you were unable to go to the Gerald Ford Museum before ArtPrize 2014 was over, check out “Looking for Alice”  in the video interview with Mr. Jackson.  It starts with views of the sculpture.  Also stop by his website – DontCutYourself.com/Welcome.html – and check out more of his creative works.

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