About Jon Ivan
As a contemporary southern artist and former native of Mississippi, I was inspired to learn to draw at the impressionable age of 8. I don’t ever remember a time after that when I didn’t have a pencil and paper at hand. After numerous life changes, I was inspired once again. It was then when I took a leap into functioning sculptures that have a “Steampunk” feel.
MY LIFE, MY STORY…
I have always had a career in the field as an Electromechanical technician. (Mechanics and electronics including and up to subsea robotics) I’ve also been drawing most of my life as a hobby and even advanced that to a pencil art print and frame company called PenciWIP.com. I sold my pencil art in my own custom designed frames. It was shut down due to hurricane Katrina.
My career ended about 3 years ago due to a medical issue that caused me to have to have brain surgery. I had always wanted to play a violin that I had built. During my recovery I built this very violin.
It was after I finished this project when I envisioned the “Violin”, one of my “TIME” collection pieces, then my imagination progressed from there.
The “TIME” sculptures mimic the flow of a working steam machine but also function as a working piece. This places them in a class of their own that I like to call “Steam Art”. At the heart of each piece lays a clock that serves as a heat source for the steam machine. This is why they are appropriately named the “TIME” collection.
Recently, I have branched off to include stationary sculptures with my first being “The Power of 3”. This piece shows how the use of time pieces and lots of forethought can make the number 3 powerful. Also my latest called “Eternal Love”. This piece represents A love that lasts long enough to be encapsulated in stone. I have an affinity for time pieces and it shows in most of my sculptures but I also have a passion in working with metals and wood. (See in my Static Sculptures section under my ART tab at the top of the page.)
The drive to create in me is unimaginable at times and the ideas flow seemingly every day within my head. I always jump at the chance to grab something to put into a piece and I also stop and take the time to take a photo when I see the opportunity. I hope you can feel the emotions and love I put into every piece I have created….
Thanks for viewing,