When creating his bronze and steel sculpture and furniture, metal sculptor Gary Magakis looks to the ancient metal arts, modern sculpture, and the American Studio Movement for inspiration. Undoubtedly it is the latter that has had the biggest influence on his work. Magakis received a degree in sculpture from the Penn State University and was taught how to weld by sculptor Klaus Ihlenfeld, who was Harry Bertoia’s assistant. However it is the handmade metal sculpted furniture of Paul Evans that has left a lasting impression on Magakis. It is Evans’ unprecedented use of sculpted metal forms and patinated surfaces that can be seen in Magakis’ new Sculpted Metal series.