Metal artist Eddie Ford combines elements of the natural world with his personal experience as an Eastern Shore waterman, an arborist, and a welder on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to create works of art that are explosive, beautiful and aptly named “Badass Art.”
Eddie’s training is that of a craftsman with an eye for perfection and the self-discipline to attain it in his work. His interest in metal sculpture was sparked by a chance visit to a sculpture garden in Maryland. With typical intensity he began seeking out sculpture gardens and studying their works everywhere he traveled until he began creating his own. He found his welding skills were adequate but sought the fellowship of other artists. He met and began an apprenticeship with metal artist Scott Cawood, of Sharpsburg, Maryland.
He is known for his large birds. Eddie’s metal sculpture, “Rooster,” appears to have just landed after flying through the air against an unseen opponent, its tail feathers cutting the air with saw blade like strokes that appear more dangerous than its awesome talons. Equally splendid are the dazzling array of colors that glint off the surface of his feathers. He sits atop a purple globe that evokes imperial authority. The total effect is a mesmerizing display of power and luminous beauty that draws the observer with a pleasurable magnetism.
His hearts made of welded chain are beautiful and playful. From “Pointless Love,” a heart whose tip had been lopped off, to “Big Love,” a giant pink heart of painted chain mounted on granite, the gamut of emotions is portrayed through each.
The total body of his work is marked by the pairing of toughness and beauty as seen in his amazing sculpture “Swan.” Because we humans are drawn to that which is powerful, beautiful and sometimes dangerous, Eddie brings a new perspective to the world of metal sculpture and is a welcome addition to the art community of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The Candleberry Gallery is proud to display the works of Badass Metal Sculpture, Inc.
The Candleberry Gallery is now offering Art and Antiques and is proud to welcome RNC Collectibles to the mix, as well. The gallery features beautiful and unique artwork at all price ranges and is a great place to shop to take home something to remember a visit to the Eastern Shore. The gallery and The Candleberry Shoppe are now open seven days a week from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. There is free parking behind the building at 210 South Talbot Street in St. Michaels. Call 410-745-2420 for more information.