What type of artwork do you create?
You will see classical-styled terra-cotta figures, metal sculptures created in a modern graphic style, and even Trompe L'oeil mural paintings. I create artwork in nearly any material and in all scales of size.
The largest artwork I have created was 1,200 feet long and the smallest, a bronze award coin, was just over two inches. So please don't be intimidated, if you have something in mind, no matter what the size or material, stop by the studio and we'll go over the options for your project.
Stop by studio 33 to see the stainless steel fish, ocean-themed panels, and flying fish. Take one home for as little as $59.
Groundswell Communications opened a new office space at 101 North Union Street and were excited to find that this stainless steel wave sculpture fit perfectly in their water themed space. I installed three of five fish panels last month, the photo below shows all five panels now in place, 17 feet of waves in their lobby. It looked wonderful!
I currentl;y have one tinted wave/fish panel on display and for sale. It is constructed from 1/8" stainless plate and is 40 inches wide, 20 inches tall and and is 4-1/2 inches off the wall to produce wonderful shadows.
"Flickering Flames" Install
Wounded Warrior Center, Bethesda, MD
I have started constructing three new sculptural wall pieces for the Wounded Warrior Center located in Bethesda, MD. It is an honor to be selected to create artwork for this facility. I will post photos as they are completed.
Torpedo Factory 2014
I was elect to be the TFAA president this year. This is a unusually important year for the Torpedo Factory as Alexandria's waterfront development plan begins to gain momentum. We need a lot of things, one of them is more visibility. Besides traditional advertising, what else could we do? What would actually be FUN to do and make people all over town think "Torpedo Factory?"
I think we need a Torpedo Bike.
Alexandria's own Velocity Bike Co-Op will lend their bicycle knowledge and I will construct the Torpedo-esque body in metal shop 33.
GreenSpeed Bikes Australia has offered us a rock bottom deal on a "reverse trike" recumbent bike. Together we will construct this human powered vehicle. The Torpedo Bike will appear all around town. Residents and tourists will see it zipping through the farmer's market each Saturday, parked along the waterfront and it would be a feature of the large parades Alexandria hosts throughout the year. Who knows? It might even inspire it's own art bike parade. Now that would be cool.
"Quality Italian" Boar Mascot
A new eatery "Quality Italian," the Italian spin-off of the popular steak house "Quality Meats" opened on 57W 57th street in NYC recently. The image below shows the white-on white boar's head (mascot) that I sculpted for them measuring 18 inches.
New Alexandria Hotel
Torpedo Factory Blog Post by Jeff Sypeck
Last week, Chris Erney noticed a new endorsement of his work: forehead prints on his studio window. "I guess that’s a compliment!" he says with a grin, pointing out the gently swaying fish sculptures that Torpedo Factory visitors were apparently straining to see—fine examples of one artist's knack for combining nature’s beauty with mathematics and industrial design.
Erney's studio is a vast, eye-popping place: Among the brushes, clay, and the usual artist's tools, you can't miss the saws and sanders, welding masks, massive wrenches, even flasks of acid—all the rough stuff Erney needs to bring forth works of unexpected grace, from the recently commissioned mobile "Wind and Wings" to angelic sculptures destined for display at the Federal Reserve and a private home in Arlington.
With the coming of spring, Erney's studio is alive with inspiration. On a wall festooned with mythological figures, a satyr celebrates; nearby, stainless-steel seedlings germinate and spread their leaves in an elegant ode to the season. There's math behind their beauty: Erney's seedlings are his latest works based on the Fibonacci series of numbers, and he's busy using various media to explore the branches and spirals they form.
Angels, monsters, curling seedlings, of fish—to visit Erney's studio is to see artwork unbounded by subject and scale and to glimpse deep connections between nature and man. "It'd be wrong to think there are gaps between technology, art, and the way a fern in my garden unfurls," Erney says.
About My Website
In addition to finished works shown in my photo galleries, each month I try to show you something new you might see wandering around my real-world studio. So, even if you are unable to visit Studio 33 as often as you'd like, you can always stop back here and see what's new -Online. I hope you enjoy looking at these sketches, works-in-progress and models. Remember to stop back here frequently to see what's new in Studio 33.
Need Restoration and Repair of Artwork?
The city of Alexandria recently launched their new branding campaign "Extraordinary Alexandria" a 2 1/2 minute short film. The film features several local people, restaurateurs, business owners and even a quick glimpse at 1:40 of Chris Erney -grinding steel in a shower of sparks. The video clip is similar to the image shown at the left. Click [HERE] to watch!
Fort Ethan Allen Bronze Model UPDATE
This Fort Ethan Allen project has been in the works for about two and a half years. This model below shows one of 68 civil war era forts that were quickly built around the DC to protect it from attack. Fort Ethan Allen guarded the Chain Bridge to Georgetown. As of October the bronze piece has been cast and it has been mounted on it's granite base. It will be the centerpiece of an outdoor exhibit currently under construction. The dedication should be around April 1 2014. I'll have a more photos of it at that time.
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