Thomas Ramey is a metal artist who builds everything from large than life sculpture, to furniture, and large-scale architectural projects. Thomas has been working with metals for over 25 years. Starting as an apprentice for an Indy car racing machine shop in high school. Thomas started building odd sculptures with the leftover pieces of steel around the machine shop. In 1988 Thomas showed his first sculpture in a small gallery in Indianapolis. After walking away from art to become a touring musician for a decade, Thomas returned with a vengeance, as soon as he returned to art, he began turning the sketches he had been doodling with on the road into reality. In 1999 Thomas opened a sculpture studio in the historic Stutz arts and business center, in Indianapolis. Thomas soon got the attention of many interior designers and architects that wanted him to do larger scale projects. Thomas began working in the upscale neighborhoods of Indianapolis and Chicago. After working with various metals, from aluminum, brass, copper, bronze and mild steel, Thomas feels most at home with mild steel. “It is such a malleable material that I can’t stop going to it”. In 2003, Thomas’ sculpture and furniture work with recycles materials, got the attention of a group that was doing a TV show about art and building high-end furniture out of used aircraft parts. Thomas was hired to be a supporting cast member/ metal artist, for Discovery Channels original series, “Wingnuts” The series ran for the fall season of 2004, with 10 episodes. In Jan. of 2005, Discovery Channel called on Thomas to do another TV show, “Monster House”. In April of 2005, Thomas found himself again on television, showing the world what he does best, awesome metal work. The episode, “Monster Club” was filmed while remodeling the famous Sunset Strip nightclub, The Cat Club, owned by Stray Cats drummer, Slim Jim Phantom. Soon after the Discovery Channel work was finished, Thomas opened a second studio, in Los Angeles. By this time Thomas was living and working full time in Los Angeles while continuing to do projects in the mid-west. Working with galleries and architects from Los Angeles to Chicago. In 2011 Thomas moved his studio to Sacramento Ca. The need for larger studio space and a break from the chaos of Los Angeles brought him closer to family in Northern California. In 2014 Thomas was again on television with the FYI Network and a show called, “Red Hot Design”. Thomas was not only a cast member, but the lead fabricator/project manager for the series which ran 7 episodes airing from Aug. to Sept. of 2014. The show highlighted Northern Ca. and Sacramento in particular. Something Thomas helped plan to bring awareness of the growing arts and culture or the area. In 2010 Thomas was awarded his first major art commission for the Dehaan Sculpture gardens of Indianapolis Indiana. Thomas’ sculpture, “The Gathering” is a 7 piece installation. All 7 pieces stand at 16 feet tall, each weighting over 2000 pounds. Fabricated from Corten steel. The project took over 8 months to complete. Thomas has been actively showing sculpture around the United States through galleries and major art fairs like, Art Chicago, SculptMiami, Art Miami, and Art Hamptons in New York since 2010. With a love for geometric design, Thomas feels most of his work is rooted in balanced perspectives. Meaning, “To find a natural flow that is derived from the organized chaos that is geometric form”. Thomas’ attention to detail and perfection, is imbedded into his craft from the years as an apprentice with some of Indy Car racing’s best fabricators. The work of Thomas Ramey is that of an artist who knows no limit to his craft, and is always searching for the next idea to bring to life.
thomas's ArtPrize Entries
These are thomas's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
thomas's Past Work
These are images of past work that thomas has done.