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Scott Nelles

"My life revolves around my art in three dimensions."

Scott Nelles (pronounced nell-ess) creates cast bronze sculpture using the trades of industry. Much of the inspiration for his work actually comes from the process in which he makes it. Cast metal toy cars, boats, and airplanes take him back to his childhood in Detroit, where his father, a manufacturer's representative, would take Scott on factory tours. The dramatic sight and heat of molten metal became a part of his soul, and the excitement of the foundry process has never left him.

Many people are aware of the lost-wax method of creating bronze castings and sculpture. Scott Nelles, on the other hand, creates his art by using the lesser-known sand-casting method. This process is seldom used in the arts, and very few are aware of its possibilities. Nelles takes advantage of this process to express his artistic visions and also to make his art more accessible to the public.

Faced with uncontrollable ambition, Nelles dropped out of art school and traveled across the country until he ended up in Seattle, WA, in 1972. Seattle was home to several small foundries. With the help of these foundries, he was able to gain a knowledge base that finally allowed him to open his own facility back in his home state of Michigan.

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Tanguero
Metal Sculpture

$ 175
Tanguera
Metal Sculpture

$ 175
Tango Couple 2
Metal Sculpture

$ 300
Tango Couple 1
Metal Sculpture

$ 250
Store Bank
Metal Sculpture

$ 100
Diner and Retro Cars
Metal Sculpture

$ 60 - $ 430
Sea Shells
Metal Sculpture

$ 180
Future Car
Metal Sculpture

$ 140
Aero Car
Metal Sculpture

$ 140
Stylized Mare & Stallion
Bronze Sculpture

$ 250 - $ 500
Armored Pig
Metal Sculpture

$ 800
Vega Dreamin'
Metal Sculpture

$ 300
Ferris Wheel
Metal Sculpture

$ 3,700
Titanic Coin Bank
Metal Sculpture

$ 170
Ray Gun
Metal Sculpture

$ 180
Trout Cowboy
Metal Sculpture

$ 170
Land Speed Racer
Metal Sculpture

$ 300
Dancing Rabbi Menorah
Metal Candleholders

$ 190
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Michigan Artists and craftsmen show, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Michigan, 1972
Sommerset Invitational Art Exhibition, Sommerset Mall, Troy Michigan, 1972
Northwest Crafts Exhibit, Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City Michigan, 1999
Northwest Crafts Exhibit, Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City Michigan, 2005
Looking at Earth, Smithsonian Institution Nat. Air and Space Mus., Washington DC, 1986