Artist Profile

Lon Pelton

Medium: Sculpture

Description:  Metal creations from old items kept in the state they were found

Metal creations built from old metal items that are kept in the state that they are found. The use of history captures and reflects current day realities. Lon Pelton, Sculptor - Profile of the Artist The ingenuity and originality of Lon C. Pelton’s metal sculpture is its use of history to capture and reflect current-day realities. With an unflinching belief in the power and potential of the individual spirit, his art is a commentary on life in America. Born in 1937, Lon is a life-long resident of Windsor, Conn. The son of Howard and Ruth Pelton, he has dedicated his life to building things – his family, fine custom homes and historic restorations, delicate silver sculptures, enormous welded creations, and a reputation as a hometown hero and master of artistic diplomacy. Lon began his artistic career with a simple metal sculpture of a turtle in 1959. Since then, he has created countless works of art using the most unlikely materials from antique silver spoons to rusted propane tanks to a bank vault. The inspiration for his creations have been as varied as the sculptures themselves. Many of Lon’s sculptures are inspired by nature, such as "The Spider," which dangles from a tree to greet visitors at Trout Brook’s Bissell Tavern, a local Windsor restaurant. Other times, the shape of an object is it’s own inspiration, such as "The Tuba Man" and "The Golfer." For a lucky few, Lon has created original sculptures inspired by the people themselves, such as "The Victorian Winter Garden" and "The Lady Builder." In Connecticut, however, Lon Pelton is best known for his politically inspired artistic expressions. His reputation as a three-dimensional political pundit began in 1993 with the creation of "Moly Mosquito (pronounced Molly)". Lon placed the 15-foot long anatomically correct sculpture on the lawn of the Windsor Town Hall to protest the town’s handling of its mosquito problem. Over the next several years, Lon’s eclectic art became a metaphor for his political expressionism. With scrap metal and a welding torch, he took up issues including gang violence, racial discrimination, crime, bureaucratic gridlock, and the presidential scandals. The one common thread that runs through all of Lon’s sculptures, however, is an appreciation for history and a longing to preserve the elements of our past in an effort to define our future. The juxtaposition of his medium and messages create lasting impressions that resonate with everyone who views his sculptures. Artist’s Statement I love old things. There is such beauty in them, in the delicate turns and twists of an old iron hinge or the grace and simplicity of an old barn door hook. Blacksmiths were really artists and they took great pride in their work. It was all about form – how something looked was just as important as how it worked. Today, it’s all about function. It’s easier to make metal pieces using molds, so everything is the same – straight sides and right angles. It’s all perfectly functional, but there’s no beauty. When I find an old piece of metal – an intricate bracket or an old musical instrument or even an old furnace body – I want to be able to save it and create it into something that will allow other people to see the beauty that I see. To be able to save these pieces of history from being destroyed, from being melted down, that is the essence of my art. If in the process I’m able to convey a message about what’s right and wrong in our society, then I have made a difference. • Pomperaug Woods, CT Senior Juried Art Show, 2nd place award, 2017 • Reap Street, Sculpture Garden, Windsor, Connecticut, 2014 • Oil Drum Art, Hartford, Connecticut, 2009 • Windsor Art Center at the Freight House: Darfur (Diefor), Windsor, Connecticut 2008 • Glastonbury on the Green: Outdoor Exhibit, 2005 • First Experience Studio: A Connecticut Yankee in 3- Dimensions, Glastonbury, Connecticut, 2004 • Huntington House Museum: “Let’s Face It”, Windsor, Connecticut, 2001 • The Sue and Eugene Mercy Jr. Gallery at Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, Connecticut, 2000 • The Bushnell, Hartford, Connecticut, ’99 • New England Bank, Windsor, Connecticut, ’98 • The Charles R. Hart House, Windsor, Connecticut, ‘97 • Bayberry Gallery, Windsor, Connecticut, ‘96 • Connecticut State Capital • Hartford Armory • Hartford City Hall • Huntington House Museum • Loomis Chaffee School • Northwest Park Nature Center • Windsor Town Hall • The Windsor Green • The Windsor Center Riverwalk • The Charles R. Hart House • Palisado Green • The Windsor Historical Society

Tour Location: Windsor Art Center Studios, 35 Central Street, Windsor



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