Artist Gary Hovey from New Knoxville, Ohio, has transformed ordinary kitchen utensils, like forks, knives and spoons, in raw material to create amazing sculptures.Since 2004, Gary Hovey has been building realistic sculptures using stainless steel forks, knives, and spoons. He cuts, welds and models the utensils to give shape to amazing artworks.
His collection of stainless steel sculptures includes birds, fish, cats, whales and even exotic animals. The artist says he finds inspiration in regular things in his life and in nature.
“My sculptures are about things that I enjoy – wildlife, welding, and humor. Art, especially sculpture, has always been a big part of my life,” Hovey explains on his website.
“It is my goal that the animal's appearance is appreciated first for its form. Then, on closer inspection, the details of the forks, knives, and spoons bring enjoyment on a whole new level,” he adds.
He also mentions he likes to add the impression of movement to his sculptures and, when possible, a story.
Through his creations, the artist shows that metalworking is a science, art, hobby and industry. He is able to turn regular kitchen utensils into something truly amazing.
In 1978, Gary Hovey saw a sculpture made of chrome car bumpers by John Kearney and he was impressed by it. After many years, he decided to try something similar, but with spoons and forks. That's how he started to create intricate figures of stainless steel flatware cut, welded, and shaped into art.
He learned how to mold the metal in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he coordinated the metal shop at Turkey Track Bronze Works.
After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1994, Hovey has found comfort in this form of art. Although his condition slows him down, it certainly doesn't stop him.
“I work when I’m able to move. Family and friends carry sculptures for me. But I still get to make them. I don’t think the quality has suffered, but it does take longer to make them. It helps financially support my family and it is therapy for me. It has allowed me to meet many wonderful people,” he says.
Hovey has participated in various solo and group exhibitions at local, regional and multi-state shows, where he won numerous honors, including best-of-show, first place, and people's choice awards. His sculptures can be seen at American Gallery in Sylvania and Ursus Art Space in Upper Arlington.