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Featured Artist: Jeff de Boer, BFA, RCA, ASA


Biography

Jeff de Boer, Crusaders

Jeff de Boer, Crusaders

After graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1988, Jeff de Boer, RCA, ASA, went on to establish an international reputation for creating some of the most unique and highly crafted sculpture in the world. Best known for his authentic museum-quality suits of armor for cats and mice, he has also developed several other themes, such as armor ties for executives, an abstract series called “Exoforms”, and space art, such as ray guns, rocket mice, and retro rocket lamps.
In the past fifteen years, Jeff has also been able to bring high quality to large-scale public works, creating iconic sculptures such as a barbed wire bucking bronco, giant wind-up tin toys, sculptures incorporating LED technologies, and more.

An artist, teacher, philosopher, designer, mentor and businessman, Jeff believes that artists can be more than just artists: they can be innovators, leaders, presidents and CEOs.

Jeff de Boer, Dragonside

Jeff de Boer, Dragonside

Recently, Jeff founded the LEXM guild, “The League of Extraordinary Makers”, a collaborative organization of like-minded individuals who have a mission to change culture through art, industry and technology.

ASA Q & A

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?
Jeff: I think my influences are a fusion of life long curiosity for things like history, science, eastern philosophy, technology, architecture and so on. From my earliest memories, I was fascinated by the renaissance artists and inventors like Leonardo da Vinci. At the same time I grew up watching Bugs Bunny and the Muppets. I am attracted to objects that stimulate our imagination; things have a magical quality and beauty. I am fascinated by artifacts and the stories they evoke.

Jeff de Boer, Cyclone

Jeff de Boer, Cyclone

ASA: Which body of work would you consider your most successful to date?
Jeff: 2016 will be the 30th anniversary of my first suit of mouse armour. Though I have gone on to do many other things, I still find myself making several mice every year. If I am to be remembered for anything, it will be this. I don’t make them because they sell or because I can’t do anything else. I still make them because they are as magical to me today as the first one was. I feel like the world still needs me to make them and leave them behind as some strange artifact of cosmic good. The suit of mouse armour is for the underdog in all of us who seeks to overcome the dragons of a hostile world. It’s a classic metaphor and I am a sucker for the classics.

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