Calgary is home to one artist, Jeff de Boer. His reputation precedes him in the multi-media arena where he works with materials such as steel, silver, brass, bronze, nickel, leather and wood to create unique sculptures. His work includes making armor for cats and mice, metal ties for executives, exoforms, space themed objects, cowboy inspired collections and steampunk sculptures. From the entirety of his collection, the mice armor may well be the most interesting. Small in stature but rich in detail, the gorgeous, shining armor is painstakingly created to cover from the tip of their tiny noses to the end of their tail. One mouse, a gladiator, sports a lion’s head on his shielded back, while another holds a joust, prepared for an eternal battle. Seven samurai mice stand ready to defend, and larger samurat sculptures are bold and colorful. Jeff’s father was a professional tin smith and instilled in him the craft. From the time he was a small child, Jeff knew he wanted to be an artist who would work in this specific medium, creating art for the pleasure of others. He graduated from Alberta College of Art and Design and is now an instructor there. In 1994 he opened an exhibit of his art work that continued until the fall of 1996. Today he works in his studio with his wife.
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Jeff de Boer is a Calgary-based multi-media artist with an international reputation for producing some of the world’s most original and well-crafted works of art. With an emphasis on metal, he is best known for such bodies of work as suits of armour for cats and mice, armour ties and sword-handled briefcases, rocket lamps and pop culture ray guns, and exquisite high art, abstract works called exoforms.