Jeff Whyman


"Whyman's unusual Sculptures presents us with genuine innovation. Whyman's over-sized Steel figures - performing fanciful arabesques, frenetic leaps or playful pivots - radiate a loose-limbed exuberance based on exaggeration of posture and precarious balance. Yet each is anatomically correct and can be identified with viscerally. Their lively gestures are underscored by the seemingly spontaneous, and gestural use of the torch cutting the steel shapes welded together with the addition of selected found steel scraps.  Tubular, angle and beam altered shapes. The Planar abstract figures recall Picasso's expressionistic Paintings of Dancers (especially his 1925 Dancers), their silhouettes displaying a fluidity similar to line drawing. Instead of dominated by the ponderous formalism characteristic of much steel sculpture.


Whyman's work is expressively plastic. He uses steel in the tradition of bronze figurative sculpture: to convey humane sentiments.


By, Suzanne Boettger

Jeff Whyman - Steel Installation at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County


Whyman’s practice is a prime example of the old saw that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

The artist, who lives in Lake Worth and has a studio in Delray Beach, is still using the nearly 12 tons of steel he bought when a Delray Beach building was leveled four years ago. One of his greatest finds was a piece salvaged from a post-World War II water treatment plant in The Bahamas.

Using an acetylene cutting torch and arc welder, he fashions steel into whimsical, slightly bigger than life-sized figures with cut-out hearts and big smiles. Birds and flowers decorate their bodies and dogs dance at their sides. The cheerful colors are a mixture of new paint and the residue of the metal’s former lives.

“They’re all about love, joy, celebration, rejoicing and the place we’re all hoping we can be saved to,” the artist said.