Jim Adams took up artistry in iron and steel after 24 years in the information technologies field. Prior to his years in IT, he had worked in the welding industry, selling specialty welding items for approximately 8 years. During that time developed the skill and knowledge of working with metals. His desire to do artful things with this knowledge was something of a ‘back burner’ interest that never seemed to go away.
In mid 2007, Jim decided to pursue the creation of artful things from iron and steel. The company ADAMS-FERRO Inc was set up to create and make available to the public objects of art in iron and steel. Practically all of the works are created from ‘rescued’ objects – scrap metal destined for the melting pots. Shapes and qualities of these various pieces of scrap become the inspiration for the works. Jim’s approach is to find and create beauty or thought-provoking aspects from the many times unique characteristics of the items he finds – a piece of rippled metal becomes a wave, a large industrial gear becomes a flower blossom – and with a minimum of addition or cutting away, he brings that quality into the work.
The works created are diverse in themes, from surreal steel flowers, to representation of aspects of humanity, to thought provoking abstracts. The work is minimalist in construction; its nature is raw and powerful.
Most of these works are solid and substantial and can be displayed outdoors as well as indoors. Weathering only adds to the rich coffee colored patina the works possess. Some of the works can become a focus point in a garden. Much of the works want to sit on a pedestal and be an exclusive center of attention.