Chef, Found Objects
5'6" tall, 34" wide, 24" deep
Cowboy, Found Objects
6'10" tall x 24" wide
Ganesha, Found Objects
Horse, Found Objects
6'3" tall x 3'4" wide x 24" deep
Chad & Phillip Glashoff
Chad Glashoff "I want to develop the Picasso style in sculpting," Chad, 19, said while walking around his father's sculpture-strewn Suisun Valley ranch.
"Picasso's style of painting is so free-flowing, so fresh. That's what I want to try and develop in sculpting, where it looks like the metal isn't even touched; where it's just a natural form."
"When I was around 6 years old, I put my hand on the torch for the first time," Chad said. "Right about that time I started really loving art. I didn't know at the time what I had - not my gift - but being in my situation."
"I watched my dad (weld) my whole life. He didn't think anything of it when sparks were flying around everywhere and his pants were on fire. I just thought it was a normal part of life. I thought that was the only way to do things."
Chad and Phillip use oxy-acetylene torches, though they forgo arc welders because their welds are too messy.
"We also use a plasma cutter, which is pretty much from Star Trek," Chad joked. "It pressurizes the air at such a high velocity that it can shoot through metal. It's just air and electricity and it pushed through metal.
Phillip Glashoff Phillip Glashoff continues the tradition of the lifestyle he was born to on his northern California ranch. Phillip’s love of the land is evident in the herds of cattle and horses that graze his land. It is also seen in the walnut and orange orchards that cover portions of the property. Phillip says that doing his own farming keeps him humble and grounded. His real passion also dots the landscape of the ranch, herds of steel sculpted cattle, giant banjos, and archways made of street signs.
After several years of agricultural studies at Cal Poly State University, Phillip realized his true passion for art thru sculpting. At age 29, he decided he wanted to create images that would last. He first took fabricated pieces of steel, which he welded to armatures. Then, the farm’s influences took hold when Phillip salvaged rusty machinery, fire extinguishers, compressor covers, motorcycle tanks, etc. that had been abandoned and scattered around the farm. The wealth of material at hand generated the whimsical sculptures that have brought Phillip attention from around the world. Art appreciators find there is good will and humor in each piece.
Looking out on his ranch Phillip is pleased with what he has created, a melding of the present with the past.