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Photo: Joyride
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Joyride

Tim Nelsen
Minnesota
Materials: Upcycled & Tools
Sponsors:
Brennan Companies
Selling Price: $3,900

Artist Statement:

I create art for one reason, it makes me happy. The materials I use and the subjects I choose all speak to me on some level. From finding materials to sketching and creating the final product, the entire process is something I truly enjoy.

Photo: Tim Nelsen

About Tim Nelsen

I had been a graphic designer most of my life before I started creating metal art. Graphic design had always allowed me to be creative, but when I started working with recycled steel I felt like it was what I’d been searching for. For me, the printed page and computer screen paled in comparison to making something you could physically hold in your hands (or put on a street corner) at the end of the day.

I use recycled and ‘found’ steel almost exclusively in all of my work. I’ll also mix in some copper or other metals when a project calls for it. My in๏ฌ‚uences are pretty varied…Swiss grid design…industrial art…heavy metal music….recycled farm machinery….even The Simpsons and Looney Tunes on occasion.

When I create a sculpture or metal art project my main focus is to make a piece that means something to me or has a personal connection for my client.