DAMASCUS STEEL SCULPTURE by Stephen Rew
Stephen Rew is a British artist based in London. In 2008 Stephen completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Illustration. During this period he spent time stalking and studying wildlife in the remote regions of India and Africa’s Kwa-Zulu Natal. His long-term objectives to combine artistic practices with a love and respect for wildlife began to emerge.
In 2010 Stephen began to study the technique and history of forging damascus steel under the tuition of a master blacksmith in London. Following a trip to India in 2012 Stephen began to expand his knowledge and experience of the materials, processes and possibilities working alongside craftsmen in Rajasthan, India, who have been producing damascus steel blades and armoury for generations. The damascus process has unpredictable results and it is the unpredictability of the outcome that makes this project so unique.
To create a truly accurate representation of the skull was also important to Stephen. Using real skulls, digital manipulation and manual adjustments to the 3D print, Stephen has been able to produce near-perfect partial skulls of the African animals.
The completed horns are a graceful and elegant interpretation of Stephen’s deep love and understanding of both the natural world and generations of skilled forging. It is an enchanting story of collaboration, contradiction, hard work and above all craftsmanship.
Please join us at ikonhouse on 11th March for the launch of DAMASCUS STEEL SCULPTURE by Stephen Rew.
11th March from 7pm – 10 pm
There will be an informal artist presentation at 8pm.
RSVP – email@example.com
There will be a book accompanying this exhibition.
The pictures, taken by Stephen’s wife, renowned photographer Astrid Harrisson speak for themselves and expose the basic surroundings Stephen works in when in India - back to basics with a simple clay forge built into the ground. Together with the craftsmen, he works on the floor in the workshop, health and safety practice a thing of the future, risking bare hands on hot metal, sparks a-flying as layers of steel are ground into in order to create the natural contours of the horns.