Featured Artist Kevin Champeny

Sculptor Kevin Champeny uses surprising materials to create amazing artwork. Enjoy, and visit his website to see more of his portfolio.

 

GummiKing

Artist Kevin Champeny with “GummiKing” made with 15,000 acrylic gummibears, 6′ x 4′

 

My goal as an artist is to simply create art for a living and to share my work with as many people as possible. I have a passion a drive to make things, whether they be functional or simply beautiful. 

 

Killing Field

“Killing Field” 12,500 Cast Animal Parts, 53″ x 38″ x 2″

 

Every job I have had since college has involved some sort of art or creative leaning. In some way, all of my art tells a story. My mosaic pieces allow people to derive meaning form the objects I hand cast and the overall image they create. I enjoy the connections viewers make from each piece.

 

Killing Field (detail)

“Killing Field” (detail) 12,500 Cast Animal Parts, 53″ x 38″ x 2″

 

I have just finished a custom 6′ tall mosaic constructed of 15,000 hand cast gummibears and I am currently working on 4′ x 5′ mosaic portrait of Derek Jeter commissioned by Movado, to be presented to him in September. I am also constructing a 7′ tall rock candy chandelier for a candy store in Connecticut. 

 

Fire Lamp

“Fire Lamp” 300 Rubber Bullets,16″ diameter

 

I alternate between custom work and my personal sculptures on a very regular basis. It allows me to take a break from some of the lager pieces and regroup so I don’t lose track of the overall theme of what I am working on. In fact, I usually have about 6-8 projects running at the same time.

 

Sweet Death

“Sweet Death” 33,000 Pieces of Cast Candy, 66″ x 66″ x 1″

 

I love collections and groups of objects. I have always been a little obsessed with small parts and puzzles. Much of my art these days reflects that obsession. It is a way for me to create order out of seemingly impossible challenges. 

 

Sweet Death (detail)

“Sweet Death” (detail) 33,000 Pieces of Cast Candy, 66″ x 66″ x 1″

 

The idea of taking 35,000+ flowers and creating one cohesive image of a skull is the embodiment of this passion. The ambiguity of the title “What Remains” is deliberate. It can be a question, a statement, an affirmation, etc. 

 

What Remains

“What Remains” 35,000 Handcast Flowers, 60″ x 48″ x 1″

 

The sculpture blends my love of painting, sculpture, photography, construction, puzzles, crafting, and collecting. I am always trying to make sense of the accumulation of ideas and madness I deal with everyday.

 

What Remains (detail)

“What Remains” (detail) 35,000 Handcast Flowers, 60″ x 48″ x 1″

 

Kevin Champeny invites you to follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Comments

  1. Yes! This is astounding work, love it! Creativity, Technique and execution is all there. Very cool.

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