‘’As a South African I have always seen the artistry in our culture as well as the historical significance art has for us as a people, art not only shows us where we have been, but where we may end up. I fell in love with the steampunk style, with its graceful antiquated curves in conjunction with the vibrancy and violence of the steam mechanism. There lies an elegance in the geared mechanism and fantastical realm of Steampunk that I hope to bring to the forefront in the South African art world.’’(Christopher Smith)
Christopher Smith is a Steam Punk sculptor who creates hauntingly beautiful pieces that take you on a journey and reminds you of a time long forgotten. A born and bred South African, he creates each of his pieces using diverse materials such as Brass, Steel & Copper, Sterling Silver and a variety of rare, semi-precious and certified gemstones. All natural materials such as bone, ivory or wood that he uses are responsibly sourced. Chris combines his impressive array of experiences and skills to create his spectacular masterpieces. Although he may be a relatively new artist in the South African art world, he has devoted his life to exploring the arts in all forms and as such has found what he believes to be a beautiful symmetry between modern forging techniques and Victorian lines and design.
Chris has been influenced by his impressive experiences in a variety of different fields of work in which he has become proficient, from Carpentry and metalwork to Tattoo artistry and as a venomous snake handler, then delving in to the field of antiquities becoming an antiques dealer and evaluator. He carried on growing, becoming a blade smith and opening his own company; The Mad Celt’s Forge, where he now creates his sculptures. Combining his skills and boundless passion for Steampunk style, each piece he creates is crafted to last for decades, just as the monstrous machines of the Victorian era have survived over a century. By embracing his natural talent and awe inspiring imagination, each of his pieces is not only a mystical journey drawn from the depths of his psyche, but a lasting tribute to beauty as he perceives it.