In the rural reaches of Nacogdoches in East Texas, sculptor Jeffie Brewer cuts forms from large sheets of steel that he then grinds, welds, and paints with bright enamel to create fantastical creatures, robots, monsters, cacti, and abstract forms that abound in private residences, public parks, and museum collections across the country. His humorous, colorful sculptures have a simple purpose: to delight.
Brewer grew up in a small, rural town in East Texas. The only child of eccentric junkyard owners, he learned how to spot beauty in the mundane at a young age. He also developed an array of industrial skills and discovered he had a knack for drawing and designing. Starting off with making paintings and two-dimensional art, his work shifted into sculpture about a decade ago.
Brewer has an MFA in sculpture and metals and an MA in sculpture and painting from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he’s Professor Emeritus of Sculpture, 3D, and Graphic Design.