Metal Wall Art Gallery

Heat Colored Steel Engravings - Metal Wall Art Originals

With visual effects impossible to achieve using other materials, heat colored steel engraving brings a broad range of moods to a single work of art.

Because heat colors patina the steel without obscuring its unique metallic qualities, each piece has a dynamic character and depth that changes with the light and viewing angle. You can get a sense of what these pieces are like from this video.

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My heat colored steel engravings are available as unique and limited edition originals and sheer matte metal prints. 

And with 40+ years of experience, I can provide custom work that complements your setting and aesthetic vision.

The following video demonstrates the dynamic qualities of heat colored steel engravings. 

I make these pieces using techniques I’ve developed over the years to create single and multi-layered steel wall pieces engraved and colored using heat.

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.

I get the heat colors by carefully heating the steel with a large torch. I seal each piece with a clear protective finish.

This innovative technique produces 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 that are unique to the medium.

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."

This design aspires to convey the age-old patience of the hunter and the elusiveness of the seal. A man kneels near his kayak on a barren ice flow, patiently watching the water through a well-worn breathing hole.
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