Meet the Artist: “Flame-Chased Metal” Sculptor Kevin Webb

Kevin Webb poses with two of his giant "flame-chased metal" geckos in front of his 10th Avenue West Studios

Kevin Webb poses with two of his giant “flame-chased metal” geckos in front of his 10th Avenue West Studios.

Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will feature “flame-chased metal” artist Kevin Webb during its next “Meet the Artists” event on Saturday, October 17th, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. (3129 Beach Boulevard South in Gulfport). Webb’s metal “creatures” incorporate his own signature method of coloring and curing, resulting in bright, swirling hues. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre will be offered during the event as well as live jazz.

A school of "flame-chased metal" fish by Kevin Webb

A school of “flame-chased metal” fish by Kevin Webb

Working out of his own 10th Avenue West Studios in the Bradenton Art Village, Webb crafts a metal menagerie of Florida wildlife, including fish, crabs, geckos and turtles. He developed his signature coloring process when a friend who worked with copper enameling was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease and could no longer safely use a kiln. He attempted to develop a method of “cold enameling” for her, and though the experiment was unsuccessful, it resulted in the “flame-chased metal” process he has used on his art work ever since. With a torch, each piece is colored with a mix of polymer enamels and epoxy sealants, with a high gloss finish achieved from the curing process. The art works are weather-resistant and can be displayed indoors or outdoors. Webb uses recycled materials as much as possible, including roofing metals, wine bottles and fencing wire. Webb’s art work is available in galleries throughout the country. Domain Home Accessories & Gallery is the exclusive retailer of his work in the Tampa Bay area.

A "wino fish" by Kevin Webb

A “wino fish” by Kevin Webb

Since March 2001, Domain Home Accessories has offered unique art, décor, lighting, jewelry, greeting cards, home goods and more, earning a reputation as one of Gulfport’s most respected retailers. “& Gallery” was added in 2012 to the adjacent space and now showcases the work of over 40 local and regional artists.

A "flame-chased metal" crab by Kevin Webb

A “flame-chased metal” crab by Kevin Webb

“Meet the Artists” events at Domain occur during Gulfport’s popular Third Saturday Art Walk. Artists and artisans line the sidewalks of scenic Beach Boulevard on Art Walk evenings. Independent shops and boutiques, live music venues, street performers, and Gulfport’s many popular restaurants are all part of the lively Art Walk scene. Parking in the waterfront village is free and convenient. Free trolleys are available for visitors parking in remote sites for transportation to and from the hub of Art Walk. For more information, contact Daniel Hodge, (727) 366-4086, dan@igc.org; or visit DomainHomeAccessories.com.

A "flame-chased metal" sea turtle by Kevin Webb

A “flame-chased metal” sea turtle by Kevin Webb

To see a few more examples of Kevin’s work, click HERE.