Growth – Nicholas Ireys

2019 | 6" x 30" x 36" | Steel

As a material based maker, I am deeply invested in the processes of forging and fabricating metal. Blacksmithing requires an intimacy between the material and the maker. There is a physical energy that is transferred from the artist to the material during this intimate process. Metal appears to be strong, rigid, and inflexible but in the hands of a blacksmith it becomes mailable, able to take on graceful shapes. The material itself has a physicality that embodies the idea of presence, of being permanent and lasting.

Nicholas Ireys

Nicholas Ireys is a metal artist living and working in Baltimore MD where he has a business that specializes in metal sculpture, architectural ironwork, and historic restoration. He has a sculpture degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University in blacksmithing. Much of his metalworking skills came from a 10 year long journeymanship that took him to 6 different countries. Nick has taught at places like Estonian Academy of Art in Tallinn, Estonia, University of Gothenburg in Das Långed, Sweden, and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. His work focuses on the natural forms that can be achieved in metal using the forging process. While creating visually beautiful objects Nick seeks to conceptually address the impact of personal perception and self reflection and how that self image affects our interaction with the world we live in.

Spencer head shot - Nicholas Ireys
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