|Born||James Leo Sewell
7 September 1945
Annapolis, Maryland, United States
|Occupation||Artist, Junk Sculptor|
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Sewell (m. 1986)|
Sewell was born in Annapolis, Maryland, United States and 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."
As an adult, Sewell earned a B.A. in Business and an M.A. in Art History at the University of Delaware, where he wrote 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.
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. For some commissions, he uses objects, often of sentimental value or with personal meaning, contributed by the patron who has commissioned the art.
Sewell has produced over 4,000 works over the last 50 years. His art has been seen on children's television shows, including Captain Noah and Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, and features in the permanent collections of 23 Ripley's Believe It or Not! museums worldwide, as well as in museums such as the American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore, Maryland), the Chicago Children's Museum (Chicago, IL), the Garbage Museum (Stratford, CT), the Museo de Sera International (Madrid, Spain), the Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia, PA), and the Shonandai Cultural Center (Fujisawa, Japan). His work is also collected by corporations including NBC and Nike, Inc, and Sewell has produced public art works for institutions, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and local state environmental protection offices.
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