Metal Wall Art Gallery

Contemporary Metal Wall Art Originals in Heat-Colored Steel

Decorating with metal wall art creates a world of possibilities for collectors and designers. Offering visual effects impossible to achieve using other materials, metal wall art originals change character with variations in light and viewing angle, bringing a range of moods to any room. 

The colors you see in my metal wall art are heat colors. Because they patina the steel without obscuring its unique metallic qualities, heat colors enhance the decorative grinding textures, which bring the artwork to life.

With the metal wall arts encompassing works made using various techniques, patina methods, and a range of artistic styles, choosing the perfect original typically begins with finding an artist with whom you resonate.

I often blend figurative and abstract forms in metal art. Many pieces are pictorial and could be considered paintings on metal, though I use heat colors rather than pigments for my artistic palette.

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Though I spend most of my studio time working on commissioned metal art for individuals, businesses, and public art competitions, I also find time to create my unique ‘metal paintings’ for The Dean Gallery and my online store.

My heat-colored steel wall art, metal and wood wall sculptures, and larger metal murals are available as one-of-a-kind or limited edition originals.

They are not inexpensive, and I make a limited number each year, so I also reproduce images of them as sheer satin metal photo prints to make them available in different sizes to a broader audience.

And with 40+ years of experience as a professional metal artist, I can provide original metal wall art that complements your setting and aesthetic vision if you don’t see the perfect piece for your setting.

Though you’ll find other metal wall artists using heat colors in their work, few combine advanced heat-coloring methods with decorative grinding techniques to make metalwork paintings as I do.

The metal artworks on this page are currently in stock or available by custom order sized to fit your space.

If you’re local and looking for Alaska metal art, you can view my work in person at The Dean Gallery here in Homer, AK.

My most recent commission is a heat-colored steel engraving on a 54" diameter sawmill blade. It's of a celestial octopus, hence the name, 'Let Me Check My Calendar.'
My most recent commission is a heat-colored steel engraving on a 54" diameter sawmill blade. It's of a celestial octopus, hence the name, 'Let Me Check My Calendar.'

Don’t see what you’re looking for or need a design in a different size to fit your space? Look over my commission’s page to discover the benefits of ordering custom metal wall art and sculpture.

Decorative metal wall art in the dining room.
There's nothing like finding the perfect metal wall art original for your project and hanging it in its new home.

As a metal wall artist, I make my heat-colored steel wall art and wood and metal wall art using techniques I’ve developed over the last few decades to create single and multi-layered steel wall art.

The process involves engraving and grinding designs into sheet steel using carefully chosen abrasives to define and model forms, create a sense of depth, and suggest movement. My grinder becomes my paintbrush, while my color palette consists of heat colors made by heating the steel artwork with a large torch. Finally, I seal each piece with a clear protective finish.

I use this innovative technique to produce pieces with a dynamic visual effect that changes with the light and viewing angle.

Variations in natural and artificial lighting give each work an extensive range of characteristics unique to the medium.

You can read about how I got started working in metal, see more examples of the various types of metal wall arts I make, and get some ideas for the places you might consider displaying metal wall art in this article.

Wire brushing around a ghostly mammoth in one of the grinding and heat coloring sequences making The Way of the Mammoth.

Many of these designs are available in a variety of sizes as affordable sheer matte, metal prints. You’ll find them in my Metal Photo Print Gallery.

"My family and I have come to treasure this work not only for its beauty but for what it has evolved over time to represent in our Alaskan home. "

• Denali Table

"My family and I have enjoyed the beautiful creativity of Jeff Dean's artistic production in our home for nearly 20 years. This has been in the form of the "Denali Table" which depicts various Alaskan wildlife pictured on iron set over a gorgeous wood table with metal coasters set around the table's periphery depicting the "foot prints" of all the pictured wildlife. This piece has been the topic of so many joyful conversations and memories and truly has forged lifetime memories for so many.

I value this piece more than any other work of art in our home. My family and I have come to treasure this work not only for its beauty but for what it has evolved over time to represent in our Alaskan home. Thank you so much Jeff for sharing your gift with all of us!"

Engraved and heat tinted steel metal wall art of a fishing bear and raven in an Appalachian rhododendron thicket.
"You captured their likenesses and their spirits perfectly and forever."

• Sir Baily and Gator

"I receive more pleasure from your two magnificent bronze portraits of my beloved dogs than from all my other art combined. You captured their likenesses and their spirits perfectly and forever.

Thank you."

A lone polar bear and arctic fox watch silently as a seal rises to it's breathing hole in this layered metal and wood wall art..
"When the time came for us to sell that home, the new owners told us it was the eagle that sealed the deal for them."

• Golden Eagle with Fish

"We were the very proud owners of the eagle carving that Jeff (we called him Hannum back then) did on the center support log of our hand-built log home in Knoxville, TN.

When the house was built the log was a lot taller than it finally ended up and looked totally out of balance with the rest of the log structure. In fact, it detracted from the open design and was kind of overpowering.

We knew it was meant to be a focal point but weren’t sure exactly what to do to make it what we wanted. I don’t remember just how we met Hannum, I think it was at a show of some kind. Whatever it was, we immediately knew that this guy could make something special out of our log.

He came to see what we had to work with and completely charmed us with his vision. Jeff wasn’t very well known at that time and all our friends thought we were out of our minds to let this unknown person take a chainsaw into the middle of our wonderful new house and just let him “go at it”.

We never had a doubt. I forget how long it took, but it was a terrific experience to watch him bring that log to life and not a day went by that we didn’t admire our eagle. It was perfect. It still is.

When the time came for us to sell that home the new owners told us it was the eagle that sealed the deal for them. It gives us great pleasure to know that eagle will be admired there for many generations."

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