John Haley III, a rising talent among American metalsmiths, was trained as a painter and video artist. He started as an apprentice in a blacksmith’s studio before opening his own metalsmith studio in Lakewood, Colorado.
Influenced by the organic quality of Hector Guimard’s fin-de-siècle designs, Haley says that he always favored spirals, arabesques, and organic shapes in his work. He started to produce forged steel pieces inspired by these shapes in the early 1990s. Although Guimard became a professional idol, Haley’s work is clearly his own. Using wrought steel rather than cast iron, Haley’s work is densely composed, textural, and spontaneous, and the medium itself provides him with a means of personal expression.
In October 2008, the Jason Jacques Gallery featured Haley’s work as a compliment to its exhibition at the International Art + Design Fair, held at New York’s Park Avenue Armory.
John Haley III
20.32d x 50.80w x 60.96h cm