2017-19 Suwanee SculpTour

People's Choice Vote for MeStand Here by Jim Collins


Stand Here by Jim Collins

Stand Here is typical of Jim Collins' sculpture. A commanding figure standing high on a plinth, she directs all who stand before her to stand in a certain spot. The viewer may want to use his or her imagination to determine who she might be within one's own life: mother, wife, teacher, or politicianFabricated from galvanized steel, this sculpture stands 9 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Jim Collins

Collins' work may best be exemplified by his long running Watcher series. Primarily a public art sculptor working in a figurative manner, his style is characterized by the use of silhouettes of people and animals constructed from stainless steel, aluminum, and other metals. Collins, who lives in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, was a professor of art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1966-83, when he left to devote himself full time to his career as a professional artist. He has received degrees from Marshall University in West Virginia, the University of Michigan, and Ohio University. The City of Suwanee's permanent collection includes two of Collins' sculptures: Audubon Watcher and Who Let the Dogs Out?

For more information, please visit collins3d.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeSwinging II by Jack Howard-Potter


Swinging II by Jack Howard-Potter

Sponsored by Explore Gwinnett

The idea for Swinging II grew out of a sculpture Howard-Potter created in 1997 that featured a steel figure swinging on ropes from rafters. In this work, he decided to add some movement to the sculpture by suspending it in its own "swing set' on very strong smooth ball bearings. The brilliant red color serves as protection for the steel from the corrosive outdoor environment as well as adding excitement to the sculpture. Fabricated from steel, this piece stands 10 feet tall and weighs approximately 1,500 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Jack Howard-Potter

Motivated by his study of human anatomy and movement, Jack Howard-Potter works with steel to create large-scale figurative sculptures. His work has been on display throughout the world in outdoor sculpture parks, galleries, and public art exhibitions. He grew up and still resides in New York City. After earning his bachelor's degree in art history and sculpture from Union College, Howard-Potter worked with a blacksmith in Colorado where he learned about the properties of steel, a medium he would eventually use to create his art.

For more information, please visit steelstatue.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeWhen the Stars Begin to Fall by Charlie Brouwer


When the Stars Begin to Fall by Charlie Brouwer

Sculptor Charlie Brouwer is interested in change and many of his sculptures depict people experiencing a change of direction, or a change of mind, or in a moment of enlightenment.  There is a beautiful old African-American spiritual about a dramatic moment of change; the first line of the hymn is, "My Lord what a morning when the stars begin to fall." This powerful song and image was Brouwer's inspiration for this sculpture. Fabricated of locust wood, the sculpture stands 7 feet tall and weighs approximately 300 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Charlie Brouwer

Charlie Brouwer describes himself as "an artist in search of beauty, truth, and goodness." Charlie and his wife live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd County, Virginia. Nine acres of open fields and woods with 20 outdoor sculptures placed along a ½ mile walking trail surround the house and studio. Brouwer taught art from 1974-2008 at both the high school and college levels. He now works full time making indoor and outdoor sculptures, and temporary public art installations. His work has been shown across the United States as well as in Australia, Hungary and Poland.

For more information, please visit charliebrouwer.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeYou'll Shoot Your Eye Out by Joni Younkins-Herzog


You'll Shoot Your Eye Out by Joni Younkins-Herzog

This sculpture is a playful reference to the classic holiday movie, "A Christmas Story" and also pokes a little fun at the artist's uncle, who actually did shoot himself in the eye with a BB gun (Joni assures us that he's OK). This piece combines several metaphors that Herzog rotates in her work, women's handcraft (sewing), and Barbie's leg at almost 7 feet tall. The artist's 78-year-old aunt, who has been a Catholic nun for well over 50 years, asked if she was going to include the fish net stockings as she felt it was an important detail to include. Fabricated of fiberglass, steel, resin, cement, hosiery, fabric, and paint, this sculpture stands a little over 7 feet tall and weighs 100 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this fra-gee-lay (it's Italian!) piece, contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Joni Younkins-Herzog

Joni Younkins-Herzog is a sculptor in Athens, Georgia with a masters of fine art/sculpture from Indiana University and undergraduate degree in fine art from the University of Georgia. Her sculptures are hybrids, mythologies, and metaphors that range widely in scale from small wearable pieces to large sculptures and installations in many mediums that are shown nationally as well as internationally. The artist strives to lure the viewer in with luscious colors and materials in order to encourage contemplation at close proximity. Younkins-Herzog is a former professor at the State College of Florida, New College, and the Ringling School of Art and Design.

For more information, please visit joniyounkinsherzog.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeLOVE by Jonathan Bowling


LOVE by Jonathan Bowling

Sponsored by Suwanee Magazine

This piece was created in response to the State of Virginia's interest in sculpture conveying their motto "Virginia is for Lovers." Fabricated of repurposed steel, this sculpture stands over 7 feet tall and weighs 600 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Jonathan Bowling

Artist Jonathan Bowling, who currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina, grew up on a small farm in Kentucky. His first sculptural efforts reflected the simple games of childhood: a fieldstone castle, a bridle of hay twine, and a driftwood armada. As a teenager, he lived in Belgium where he had access to the museums of Western Europe. Upon his return to the U.S., he attended the University of Kentucky where he received a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture and a bachelor's degree in art history. He currently is pursuing a master of fine arts degree in sculpture at East Carolina University.

For more information, please visit jonathanbowlling.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeFighting for Alpha by Todd Frahm


Fighting for Alpha by Todd Frahm

This betta fish tableau represents the perpetual, dynamic, and fruitless struggle for dominance. Fabricated of steel, this sculpture stands 10 feet tall and weighs approximately 400 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Todd Frahm

Todd Frahm is a sculptor and co-owner of Stone Cloud Studio in Asheville, N.C., where he currently resides. He received his BFA from the University of Illinois and MFA from Southern Illinois University. Frahm has exhibited nationally in both solo and group exhibitions across the country and internationally in Canada and Korea. One of his most recognized sculptures is the large limestone piece Birth of Flight, at the Indianapolis International Airport.

For more information, please visit stonecloudstudio.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeShape Shifters by Coral Penelope Lambert


Shape Shifters by Coral Penelope Lambert

Sponsored by Salude, the Art of Recovery

This sculpture explores ancient ideas of how things come into being; it is about geology, resonance, and metamorphosis. The pod-like forms were modeled by the artist to look like they were created by nature, much like the way flowing water erodes rock over time. The spirals reference time as well as archaeology and astronomy. The aim for "Shape Shifter" as a public setting is to create a resting place, a place for quiet contemplation about the world around us. Fabricated of cast aluminum and steel, the sculpture stands 8 feet tall and weighs approximately 600 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, call Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Coral Penelope Lambert

Artist Coral Penelope Lambert is internationally recognized for working in cast metal as well as producing large scale outdoor sculpture. As an associate professor of sculpture at Alfred University in upstate New York, she also directs the National Casting Center's Foundry. She studied sculpture in England where she received her MFA. Her award-winning work can be seen in collections all over the world.

For more information, please visit corallambertsculptor.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeSaltair by Kevin Eichner


Saltair by Kevin Eichner

Sponsored by Clark Patterson Lee

The twisted trunk of Saltair represents the union and bond of the lover's embrace, with branches epitomizing how love continues to grow. Fabricated of reclaimed steel, this sculpture stands over 11 feet tall and weighs 400 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Kevin Eichner

Kevin Eichner received his BFA from Buffalo State College and his Master's degree at East Carolina University where he continued to study and explore the movement and gestures of the human figure within the rigid, industrial I-Beam. Eichner has been the resident artist at the Moncure Museum of Art in Moncure, NC and has taught in New York and North Carolina. Now residing in Hilton Head, South Carolina, he has focused his energy on fabricating large outdoor sculptures and running workshops in welding and casting. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

For more information, please visit EichnerAtelier.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeMr. Eggwards by Kimber Fiebiger


Mr. Eggwards by Kimber Fiebiger

Sponsored by Peoples Bank & Trust

Mr. Eggwards, the most dapper of all humpties, is ready for any social engagement that passes his way. His charm and class are sure to win you over. Fabricated from bronze, using the lost wax process, this sculpture stands (sits) just under 4 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Kimber Fiebiger

A bronze sculptor since 1978, Kimber Fiebiger graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in fine art.  She creates bronze sculptures that range from fun and whimsical to classical and contemporary. Her sculptures have been sold all over the country, and she is the winner of numerous awards at juried exhibits and art festivals. Her work can be found in private collections, city parks, and public art spaces. Besides being a sculptor, Fiebiger has created a home/gallery/studio that has been described as having the artful complexity of Spanish designer Antoine Gaudi combined with the surreal nature of Pablo Picasso (quite interesting – see link below). Fiebiger currently resides in Minneapolis.

For more information, please visit artbykimber.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeLifecycle by Hanna Jubran


Lifecycle by Hanna Jubran

This sculpture represents the cycle of life: the large circle of stainless steel is divided into two parts, representing human birth and growth. The cycle is shown as an embryo to adult, living the circle of life and entering the eternity of light. The vertical line in the center stems from a sphere of life radiating with hope. The circle is full of energy and is reflecting the surroundings. It is artist Hanna Jubran's desire that this sculpture gives the visitor a feeling of hope and relaxation. Fabricated of stainless steel, this piece stands 10 feet tall and weighs 500 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Hanna Jubran

Hanna Jubran earned his master of fine arts degree in sculpture with a minor in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His commissioned works can be found in Argentina, Latvia, China, Japan, Mexico, and Israel as well as across the United States. A Grimesland, North Carolina resident, Jubran is professor of art/sculpture in the School of Art at East Carolina University in Greenville.

For more information, please visit hannajubran.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeDancer XX by Jack Howard-Potter


Dancer XX by Jack Howard-Potter

You may recognize this commanding and well-loved kinetic sculpture from the 2015-2017 exhibit, but with an ever-so-slight alteration: Dancer XX has had a wardrobe change! This sculpture represents a monumental male figure standing on one leg with arms raised to represent a body in motion – the moment that a dancer is at the peak of a jump, the weightless split second before the body succumbs to gravity. Fabricated from galvanized and powder-coated steel and fabric as well as the hub assembly of a Ford Explorer, the sculpture stands 20 feet tall and weighs approximately 2,700 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Jack Howard-Potter

Motivated by his study of human anatomy and movement, Jack Howard-Potter works with steel to create large-scale figurative sculptures. His work has been on display throughout the world in outdoor sculpture parks, galleries, and public art exhibitions. He grew up and still resides in New York City. After earning his bachelor's degree in art history and sculpture from Union College, Howard-Potter worked with a blacksmith in Colorado where he learned about the properties of steel, a medium he would eventually use to create his art.

For more information, please visit steelstatue.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeHis n Hers by Gregory Johnson


His n Hers by Gregory Johnson

Sponsored by Chandler, Britt & Jay, LLC

Artist Gregory Johnson likes to create in sculpture, lyrical shapes that suggest things that we see - sometimes they are the simple things in life. He feels that this sculpture offers a sense of good humor (pun entirely intended for those who know their ice cream) while being colorful and eye catching. Not everyone who walks up to this sculpture will see that they are popsicles. In your family, which one is His and which one is Hers? Constructed from stainless steel, this sculpture stands 5 feet tall and weighs 240 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Gregory Johnson

Gregory Johnson has worked as an artist for 50 years, prolifically creating sculptures with both traditional and contemporary themes. His traditional sculptures, featuring people, animals, war memorials, educational themes, and busts, as well as his most recent contemporary pieces, featuring simple, elegant geometric shapes, can be found in private, corporate, and public collections across the United States and in several other countries. A Cumming, Georgia resident, Johnson has a master's degree in art from Illinois State University.

For more information, please visit moderngj.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeThreshold by Gregory Johnson


Threshold by Gregory Johnson

Sponsored by Quantum National Bank

Gregory Johnson's current work focuses on simple, elegant geometric shapes – he likes to create in sculpture, lyrical shapes that suggest things that we see and are familiar with but cannot touch or quantify, like the warmth of the sun, or the energy of a crashing wave. Inspired by curves depicted in life and nature, Johnson likes how they meander and cross over each other. It's the artist's opinion that curves are more happily found in nature than straight lines. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Gregory Johnson

Gregory Johnson has worked as an artist for 50 years, prolifically creating sculptures with both traditional and contemporary themes. His traditional sculptures, featuring people, animals, war memorials, educational themes, and busts, as well as his most recent contemporary pieces, featuring simple, elegant geometric shapes, can be found in private, corporate, and public collections across the United States and in several other countries. A Cumming, Georgia resident, Johnson has a master's degree in art from Illinois State University.

For more information, please visit moderngj.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeWoman with Child by Michael Russell


Woman with Child by Michael Russell

Sponsored by Gwinnett Medical Center

Woman with Child is the eighth piece is a series called The Ribbon of Steel. With this sculpture, artist Michael Russell began welding together pieces of reclaimed steel from an old boiler tank in such a way as to be pleasing to the eye. As a result, the figure of a woman appeared.  The child became a natural extension of the woman; part of the whole yet separate and with the ability to move on its own. If you touch this piece – the extension of the child – you will see that it does indeed move. Fabricated of reclaimed steel, this sculpture stands just under 7 feet tall and weighs 850 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Michael Russell

Michael Russell followed in his father's footsteps to become a welder. He earned his associates degree in welding and has taught others the craft. The time spent working with steel has afforded the artist an extensive understanding of the characteristics and manipulation of his chosen medium. Being creative has always been an essential part of Russell's life; in addition to creating sculpture; he also enjoys song writing and wood carving. It has been almost 26 years since he first took the torch in hand to create sculpture. What began as rather simple figures has evolved into much more complex renderings and an extensive body of work has resulted. Russell's work has been included in numerous public art venues in the Southeast. The artist and his wife currently reside in Athens, Tennessee.

For more information, please visit steelcrazystudio.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeFriends by Nnamdi Okonkwo


Friends by Nnamdi Okonkwo

You may recognize this hugely popular sculpture from the 2015-2017 exhibit; it was so beloved that the Public Art Commission decided to keep it for another round of SculpTour! Nnamdi Okonkwo's Friends is a symbolic statement in bronze of the spirit and essence of friendship. For the artist, it encompasses all the noble attributes of friendship, including love, togetherness, unity, and support. It also can symbolize the unity of family or community. The artist hopes that the sculpture reminds or awakens viewers to the beauty and meaning of these attributes as well as the desire to seek them in their own lives. The use of large forms and shapes is also symbolic in the sense that they convey a larger-than-life, monumental presence and a nobility of soul. Fabricated from bronze, this sculpture stands more than 6 feet tall and weighs 1,300 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Nnamdi Okonkwo

Okonkwo lives in Fayetteville, Georgia, but was born in Eastern Nigeria. He was drawn to art even as a child, an inclination always encouraged by his mother. Okonkwo states: "Any glory or acclaim that ever comes to me as an artist, I will attribute directly to my mother and my wife, the two people who have stood by me and have never wavered in their encouragement and support for me as an artist." Standing 6 feet 9 inches tall, Okonkwo was recruited by Brigham Young University-Hawaii to play basketball. It was there that he earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture; he then went on to earn his master of fine arts at BYU-Provo. His works can be found in galleries, museums, private collections, and sculpture gardens throughout the world. 

For more information, please visit nnamdiart.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeMagnolia Bluff by Aaron P. Hussey


Magnolia Bluff by Aaron P. Hussey

Organic and structural forms reference connections between the built environment and the natural world. In Magnolia Bluff, an abstract tree grows from bluff shapes, intertwined with an architectural frame. The strong, vertical reach connects earth to sky; the window portals link past and future. Fabricated of stainless steel, cor-ten steel and painted steel, this sculpture stands 15 feet tall and weighs 900 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Aaron P. Hussey

It's artist Aaron Hussey's relationship with art, architecture, and community – shaped by growing up in New Orleans, with its unique history and cultural atmosphere – that drives him to create art for the public realm. His imagery incorporates a fusion of elements (traditional with modern, figurative with abstract, architectural with organic) and a wide range of media including: cast metal, fabricated metal, clay, wood, plaster, concrete, and found objects.  Hussey earned his MFA from Louisiana State University where he remained as a research specialist for the art department for several years. He now works as a full-time artist from his studio in Baton Rouge. He has placed over 25 permanent sculptural works across the United States. One of Hussey's sculptures, Instinctual Center, is located at the Suwanee Police Training facility and is a part of the City's permanent collection.

For more information, please visit aphstudio.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeTitanosaurus by Carlos Davila


Titanosaurus by Carlos Davila

This sculpture is a stylized and slightly abstracted dinosaur. Dinosaurs are ideal subjects for art because they can represent speed, power, or the ability to fly, while offering a form of escapism as a child (or adult) imagines that they can be and do anything, allowing for infinite imaginary adventures. Fabricated of marine teak wood, aircraft aluminum, and stainless steel, this sculpture stands 12 feet tall and weighs 450 pounds. If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Carlos Davila

Born and educated in Peru, Carlos Davila comes from a family of artists. After receiving his MFA from the National School of Fine Arts in Lima, he spent several years exhibiting in and traveling around Europe. After a one-man exhibition at the Miami Museum of Art in Florida, Davila settled in New York City, working from his studio in Greenwich Village. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Latin American, and Europe. Davila currently resides in Connecticut with his wife where he works from a loft at the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

For more information, please visit carlos-davila.com.

 

People's Choice Vote for MeEnders Enigma by Davis Andrew Whitfield IV


Enders Enigma by Davis Andrew Whitfield IV

This sculpture was inspired by the novel "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, and the tendency for humanity to destroy that which it does not understand. The result is how Whitfield imagined the Formic from the novelwould look. Fabricated of cor-ten weathering steel, the sculpture stands 7 feet tall and weighs 400 pounds.  If you're interested in purchasing this piece, please contact Toni Shrewsbury at the City of Suwanee.


Davis Andrew Whitfield IV

Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Davis Andrew Whitfield IV found a love of art from birth.  He graduated from Delta State University with a double major in painting and sculpture, after which he apprenticed for renowned sculptor and painter Wayne Trapp. For over 10 years he has been privileged enough to create large outdoor sculpture as well as intimate pedestal pieces for a wide range of clientele including corporations, municipalities, private collectors and public outdoor spaces. The artist currently resides in Sylva, North Carolina with his wife, daughter and son.

For more information, please visit daviswhitfield.com.