Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hubcap Creatures




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King Cobra

Hi friends! I had this post prepared for yesterday but at the last moment my internet just stopped working right before I could publish it. I present you a very talented artist who has become my favorite artist because of his skills and medium of his work.

Ptolemy Elrington is a sculptor who currently lives and works in Brighton. In mid 80s he studied art and design to degree level at Bradford and Illkley Community College. He worked to theater set design and construction, stage design and construction, assorted large scale community art sculptural projects.

He started collecting hubcaps in 1997 to make these incredible metal sculptures with such intricacy that you can hardly tell what materials went into making them. His animals are much in demand among art and animal lovers. His pieces are inspired by natural forms using found and recycled materials like shopping trolleys, scrap metal and car wheel trims which he bends by hand shapes into various forms to make a shape of an owl, an eagle, a king cobra snake etc.

“There’s an inherent message in my work relating to recycling and the nature of value, but my artistic inspiration is fired by the qualities within the raw materials… I come across many things which have been abandoned and find something more in them than their intrinsic worthlessness.” – Ptolemy Elrington shares about his Hubcap Creatures.

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