Ground metal artist to exhibit at Chester Library

Local ground metal artist Steven Lloyd will be exhibiting at the Chester Library this month. His works will be on display throughout the month of September. An opening reception for Lloyd will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4. The event will be sponsored by the Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation.

Lloyd, a Chester native, has been painting for about six years as an automotive painter, according to information on his website, www.stevenlloydmetalart.com. He is mostly self-taught, he said last week.

“I started, just picked up a magazine, picked up a couple of books … pretty much one thing led to another,” he said. In 2006, his site says, he started Lloyd’s Airbrush & Design and has since then created many works of art including cars, trucks, bikes and modern wall art. Some of his paintings are three dimensional, he said.

“The artwork is just something that has stemmed from doing all the automotive graphics and painting,” he said.

Toward the later part of August the past three years, he has had his artwork on display at the Richmond Nationals Hot Rod Show at Richmond International Raceway with PPG Industries, his site says. He discovered ground metal artwork in the beginning of 2007, and has finished many works of abstract art, the site says. His first entry to Art Works Richmond earned an Honorable Mention in January 2008, the site says.

His paintings are completed on sheets of a special grade of aluminum, Lloyd said. Aluminum is not only light weight, but it’s a softer metal, which makes grinding easier, he said. Lloyd grinds designs into the metal before he paints it, he said.

“The designs that you see as a background, that’s how it starts out,” he said. Then, he coats the metal sheet with a clear coat, he said, and “that’s the starting point for the color.” He works with automotive paints, which are so concentrated that most colors look black in their paint cans, he said.

“It’s very, very tricky stuff to work with,” he said. After the color is applied, another clear coat goes on, he said, and that coat gets sanded and polished.

“You can get such a smooth finish,” he said. “The more light you put on these paintings, the better they look,” he said.

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