Jeff Underwood has always been interested in art, with painting being his favorite medium since childhood. It was when he was studying at the Atlanta College of Art that he became focused on the world of three dimensional sculpture. Jeff graduated with a BFA degree from Atlanta College of Art and received his Masters degree from the University of Kentucky, where he worked as a professor of sculpture for three years following his graduation.
Jeff has worked as a welder and ship builder, and metal has always been his material of choice for sculpture. Using materials commonly found in building and concrete construction, he creates works from sheets of mild steel and rebar. Using a plasma torch, Jeff “draws” and cuts a wide range of animal, plant and nature images from the steel and the torch gives the edges of his shapes their distinctive finish.
Jeff is inspired as a direct result of his love of and experience with nature. He states, “Intertwining my days with cherished animals, plants and even the cosmos, my metal garden art is fabricated with sheet steel and round steel to reflect a vast array of quasi-realistic, fun animals and sunflowers.” Living in a rural area and working with his partner and wife Susan, Jeff creates works that are both freestanding and for the wall.
Works by Jeff Underwood can be found at the Promenade Gallery, Berea, KY; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.