Ken MacDonald studied Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design in the late 1950's. After a tour of duty in the army, he spent 35 years in product design and management. He began creating welded sculpture in 1998, converting a large workshop on his property into a sculpture barn and has won over 25 juried show awards in various New England galleries & museums .
Ken is a member of the Providence Art Club, Spring Bull Gallery in Newport, Newport Art Museum, past President and long time member of the Wickford Art Association as well as an exhibitor at the Wickford Art Festival.
Ken's largest work is a 10 ft tall stainless steel outdoor sculpture, soon to be installed at the North Kingstown town beach. Other public works include an outdoor fountain at St. Paul's Episcopal church Meditation Garden in Wickford, a fish-shaped bike rack at the North Kingstown town library, and a large commissioned sculpture at the Providence Art Club.
"Found Object" works, such as his award winning Time Machine, are always happening in the barn. Hundreds of old recycled parts morph into unique one of a kind pieces. He likes to use a wide variety of materials, exploring spatial relationships, texture, and treatments that enhance the uniqueness of each material. Whimsey and movement often play a part in these pieces, many of which now decorate properties from coast to coast.
Recycled materials are frequently used, including salvaged stainless steel, iron, copper, glass, etc., in line with his philosophy of recycling everything possible.
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