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John Elwell Sculptural Models

John Elwell (British, born 1949).

The sculptural aluminium models of John Elwell are unique in their concept and construction, and unique in fact, each piece is a one-off, one of a kind, a limited edition of one example only.

A former engineer, and an enthusiastic racer and restorer of iconic automobiles, aircraft and motorcycles, Elwell's passion lies with the art of powered transport. His technique is remarkable, working from blueprint drawings, each model is created as a steel space-frame over which hand-cut panels of aluminium are formed in much the same way as race cars of the pre-1970s era. The wheels on his car models are cast aluminium, with hand-turned ebonized tyres. Extensive hand-polishing and fettling leads to a superb and striking end product, the result of between 700 and 1000 hours of work.

John prefers to work to a large, dramatic scale, and has worked exclusively with Pullman Gallery since 2004.