GRANT MILLER SCULPTURE

Welded Metal Sculptures

Artist Statement

I have always been interested in art, and have taken courses over the years in drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture (including one in England during medical school which was taught by one of Henry Moore’s students). Upon gradual retirement as an academic psychiatrist for over thirty years, I took three evening courses in welding for sculpture, all taught by John Septien at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC). I submitted three found metal sculptural pieces to the 2012 TMCC Student Art Show, and received a “best in three-dimensional category" as well as an honorable mention in a separate category for my piece "Trinity". This piece was also chosen by the Sierra Arts Foundation in Reno for the Temporary Sculpture Exhibit and was placed on Fourth Street for one year.


Historically, I established and ran the Manville Gallery within the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno during the 1980’s. The Manville Gallery held monthly juried shows of contemporary artists and one month each year was devoted to medical student, staff, and faculty art. Operating the Manville Gallery contributed to ongoing contact with UNR art faculty members, including Walt McNamara, Bob Morrison, and Peter Goin.


My artwork is welded metal, non-representational and abstract sculpture. The sculptures are primarily constructed of recycled salvaged metal parts ranging in size from 18 to 120 inches tall and up to 30 inches in diameter. I try to bring life to hard, cold, decaying inorganic materials to which I'm drawn to collect. 


Until recently, materials used in construction included gears, sprockets, tubing, machinery, thick plates, angle iron, and production cut-outs collected over the years. Parts are cut, bent, and welded together using wire-fed (mig) and tungsten electrode (tig) welding techniques. Pieces are oxidized with muriatic acid if I chose to promote rust. Other pieces are left as they are found, particularly if color remains.


I am currently moving in the direction of more formal designs and exploring the use of stainless steel. Most of my recent stainless pieces are sanded and left unfinished. After making scaled drawings and small maquettes, I have steel parts water jet cut and then fabricate the pieces into sculptures. I usually have sculptures sand blasted and either patina or powder coat the final product.


Presently, I build sculptures at Brett Moten’s Infinity Forge on West Dickerson Road in Reno. 


Thank you for viewing my site and work. Please enjoy!


- GM