Leo Sewell

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Leo Sewell
Born James Leo Sewell
(1945-09-07) 7 September 1945 (age 69)
Annapolis, Maryland, United States
Occupation Artist, Junk Sculptor
Years active 1960–present
Spouse(s) Barbara Sewell (m. 1986)

Leo Sewell (born (1945-09-07) 7 September 1945 (age 69)) is an American "found object" artist. His assemblages of recycled material are in over 40 museums and in private collections worldwide.[citation needed]

Biography[edit]

Sewell was born in Annapolis, Maryland, United States, North America. He moved to Philadelphia in 1974. As a child in Annapolis, he "recalls the "excitement of tinkering" with stuff he discovered and recovered during walks in the woods and visits to the naval-community dump.[1]

As an adult, Sewell earned a B.A. in Business and a Masters in Art History at the University of Delaware, writing his Masters thesis on the "Use of the Found Object in Dada and Surrealism". However, he never had formal studio training, which places him in the Visionary art category.[2]

Sewell's art follows naturalistic themes, and animals feature prominently in his creations. His collage-like sculpture is assembled from metal, wood, and plastic that he collects from trash, yard sales, and flea markets.[3] For some commissions, he uses objects, often of sentimental value or with personal meaning, contributed by the patron who has commissioned the art.[4]

Sewell has produced over 4,000 works over the last 50 years. His art has been seen on children's television shows including Mr. Roger's Neighborhood and Captain Noah. It features in the permanent collections of 23 Ripley's Believe It or Not! museums worldwide,[5] as well as in museums such as the American Visionary Art Museum, the Garbage Museum (Stratford, CT), the Shonandai Cultural Center (Fujisawa, Japan), Museo de Sera International (Madrid, Spain), Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum, and the Chicago Children's Museum. His work is also collected by corporations including Nike, Inc and NBC.[6] Sewell has produced public art works for institutions including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and local state environmental protection offices.[7]

Sewell is a member and co-founder of the artists group called the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCoy B1
  2. ^ Rosenberg E01
  3. ^ Alterio
  4. ^ http://www.leosewell.net/about.php
  5. ^ O'Connell
  6. ^ McCoy B1
  7. ^ Grundahl

Bibliography[edit]

  • Alterio, Michael Moran. "An artist creates with found objects — found at the flea market." FleaMarketZone.com: Sumner Communications (Bethel, CT) 26 Apr. 2011.
  • "Artists Turn Trash to Treasure to Help Save Garbage Museum." Milford Mirror (CT) 8 Apr. 2010, News: 9A. NewsBank. Web. 14 Aug. 2010.
  • Burrell, Jackie. "Candy Sculpture at San Jose’s Tech Museum." Contra Costa Times: Blogs (Walnut Creek, CA) 27 Oct. 2009, Apparently Speaking: Np. NewsBank. Web. 14 Aug. 2010.
  • "Eco Arts: Sculptures Made from Found Materials Display the Beauty of Recycling." Instablogs.com 15 Oct. 2009. General OneFile. Web. 14 Aug. 2010.
  • Firmin, Pam. "From Gulfport, with Junk: Sculptor Sees Art Everywhere." Sun Herald, The (Biloxi, MS) 25 April 2006, Local-Front: A2. Newspaper Source. Web. 14 Aug 2010.
  • "Garbage Museum Shows Art Made from Others' Trash." Stratford Star (CT) 22 Apr. 2010, News: 11A. NewsBank. Web. 14 Aug. 2010.
  • Grundahl, Nancy. "Leo Sewell's 'Found Objects' Exhibiting at EPA." Environmental Protection Agency. 5 Jan. 2004. Web. 13 August 2010.
  • Jackson, Danielle. "Recycling Your American Pride." Waste Age 32.12 (2001): 50. Vocational and Career Collection. Web. 14 Aug. 2010.
  • Kenny, William. "Kids Won't Hear "Hands off!' - at the Please Touch Museum." Northeast Times (Philadelphia, PA) 6 Nov. 2008: n. pag. NewsBank. Web. 14 Aug. 2010.
  • McCoy, Bett Norcross. "The Art of Junk: Sculptor Scavenges Trash to Create Works of Art." Press of Atlantic City, The (NJ) 20 Jan. 2000, Lifestyle/Art: B1. NewsBank. Web. 14 Aug. 2010.
  • O'Connell, Kaelin. "Philadelphia Artist Leo Sewell Is One Man Who Truly Believes that One Person's Trash Is Another's Treasure.." Gloucester County Times, The (NJ) 5 May 2007: n. pag. NewsBank. Web. 14 Aug. 2010.
  • Rosenberg, Amy S. "Give Me Your Toys: A Scavenger Sculptor Hunts for the Perfect Playthings so that Lady Liberty Can Lift her Lamp beside the New Please Touch Museum." Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) 8 May 2007: City-D, Features magazine: E01. Newspaper Source. Web. 14 Aug. 2010.
  • "Sculptures Prove One Man's Junk Can Be Art." Brattleboro Reformer (VT) 16 Aug. 2001, n. pag. NewsBank. Web. 14 Aug. 2010.
  • "Trash Museum Worth a Visit Sculpture Represents Connecticut's Annual Waste per Person: Schoolchildren, Other Visitors Find Garbage Exhibitions Eye-opening." Free Lance-Star, The (Fredericksburg, VA) 19 Apr. 2009,: n. pag. NewsBank. Web. 14 Aug. 2010.
  • "Visionary Arts Museum Returns to its Inspired Roots - Art Review." Sun, The (Baltimore, MD) 5 Oct. 2008, Final, Arts & Entertainment: 3E. NewsBank. Web. 14 Aug. 2010.

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