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Photo: Viktor


Jefferson Davis
Materials: Steel
Brennan Companies
Selling Price: $32,000

Artist Statement:

Viktor: A powerful and fierce warrior that stands down to nothing. Courageous, yet kind. A legacy of triumph assembled by many pieces and many personalities. An idol: Hammered from steel ... and forged in the glory of Minnesotan hearts.

About Jefferson Davis

Jefferson “Jeff” Davis was born and raised in Crescent, Iowa, and now resides in Woodbine. His sister nick-named him “MacGyver” at a young age because of his ability to mend broken items and create functional items with ordinary objects he found. He never lost his interest to make the old new or to create statements with ordinary objects.

From the time he first landed himself in Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 3, he enjoyed learning the tricks of the trade and attending school for MIG Welding, TIG Welding, wire welding and more, graduating in 1998. Prior to that, a four-year stint in the United States Army as a medic from 1992-1996, prepared him for just about anything that would come his way.

When he wasn’t using his hands to create ductwork for his place of employment, he loved to create art in his spare time. He’s never lost his drive to be an artist, working with a medium he has grown to love: Cold metal.

He enjoys a wide array of creating, from developing realistic pieces with all metal patina finishes, such as in his Wildlife Series, to fictional creatures and “art that moves and is functional,” as is with modified bicycles and abstract pieces.

Davis has a firm belief that art tells you what it wants to become, and not the other way around.  His business, Heavy Metal Renaissance, LLC, was launched in 2015, and was able to get off the ground after winning an “Open4Business” contest, hosted by Main Street Iowa. He, and his wife, Nikki, then began Heavy Metal Renaissance, LLC.

The business took on a life-force of its own, and while Jefferson still enjoys creating original artwork, the couple frequently work with law and fire agencies, from police, sheriff and FBI, to fire, rescue and EMT departments.

Jefferson enjoys building accurate replicas of “larger than life” realities in cold steel … leaving many in awe at their enormity.
He has been privileged enough to have shipped pieces across the United States, and even a few in Europe.

He is married to Nikki Davis, who also serves as his marketing coordinator and business co-founder, has a daughter, Eva, age 12. He enjoys bow hunting, fishing, camping and creating.

For more information and for more photos, visit Heavy Metal Renaissance on Facebook at, email or call (712) 592-3913.