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…
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.
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….
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