January 16, 2019

Large-Scale Art Grows From the Tiniest Pieces

Kevin Champeny’98 hand casts many intricate objects, then incorporates them into bold, large-scale works of art.
  • “Touch of Grey,” a large-scale mosaic portrait of Jerry Garcia, is one of Kevin Champeny’s recent works of art.
    Kristen Steinhardt
  • Detail of “Touch of Grey.”

Kevin Champeny’98, who studied studio art at Beloit, is a New York-based artist and sculptor who creates small, intricate hand-cast works of art that he uses as components in the design of his large-scale mosaics.

Champeny’s latest mosaic is a tribute piece to Jerry Garcia, the late lead guitar player, vocalist, and arguably the soul of The Grateful Dead. “Touch of Grey” is made from 25,000 sculpted and hand-cast urethane pieces of imagery from the life of Garcia and the band.


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