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...Deep Ellum artist George Sellers' loft mirrors his eclectic style
...Growing up in Graham, Okla., where the post office's main feature was its outhouse, Dallas artist George Sellers had a lot of time on his hands.
> > George Sellers (center) stands with his business partner Kathleen Allen, and his nephew Joe Ely Baird, the artists behind Studio 832.
...The black and white salon -- the first room in Mr. Sellers' apartment -- features a '60s coffee table, an orange clay totem sculpture by local artist Bill Bartee.
Upon entering Mr. Sellers'
loft from an unassuming, urban shop front, the first feature vistors see is this wall of pristine white, hand- cast plaster with Greco-Roman motifs.
Detail of a plaster pillar created by Mr. Sellers
on the wall dividing the salon from the living room.
says, Even when you rent, you have to live like a human being, so he
industrial space into a chic living room.
living room into a jewel box with punches of color such as the orange velvet-mohair sofa, green side chair and brass Sputnik-era chandelier.
These two black chairs once sat at the bar of the Biltmore Hotel
in Tulsa, Okla. Mr. Sellers
found them at a garage sale for $8 each. I just about had a heart attack before I threw them in the car.
back office is quiet and nostalgic with vintage furniture and prints and a brass table lamp.
drawing of a falling man cast in aluminum. I wanted it kind of nasty, he
says of the imperfections aluminum gives the sculpture.
...Detail of electrical art piece in entry room. Images of George Sellers' loft on Exposition Ave. He is an artist and plaster worker who has a new collection of furniture at Grange Hall.
French club chairs and card table sit below the Sputnik-era chandelier.The new collection at Grange Hall
includes a giant oculus framing a hoofed plaster console topped with black glass.Dallas-based artist George Sellers has items on display at Urban Flower/Grange Hall in Dallas. Pictured here, white plaster hand sculptures.
...Statue and end table from entry room. Images of George Sellers' loft on Exposition Ave. He is an artist and plaster worker who has a new collection of furniture at Grange Hall.
"I was always playing in the creek with the clay," he
says."There wasn't a lot to do, so I had to figure out something or I would go mad."
And though he
staved off sheer lunacy, his
time-killing methods were only partially successful: Today his
work has the touch of a mad genius. Mr. Sellers'
new collection of furniture and decorative objects at Grange Hall
is stunning: hoofed side tables gilded in 24-karat gold, a giant oculus of hand-cast plaster, a console topped with opaque black glass.Mr. Sellers
likes to refer to his
style as "sexed-up Greco-Roman."
"The Greco-Romans always did these hoofed endings on everything from tables to cauldrons, especially the Greeks," he
explains."But then it got lost until Napoleon brought it back.I just blow it out and make it a little more modern."
A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington's
ceramics program, Mr. Sellers
started out his
undergrad years in pre-law.
"I thought the money could be cute," he
says."But then, that was boring, and I decided to make my own cute."
graduate studies, Mr. Sellers
traveled to Florence, Italy, where he
was taken with the city's architectural embellishments and learned how to create them himself.After Florence, he
heard about the restoration of circus mogul John Ringling's Venetian gothic mansion in Sarasota, Fla.
"I knocked on the door and said, 'I can do this,' " according to the artist, and he
was hired to work for two years beside the lead restorer on the famed Ca d'Zan (House of John) estate, now an art museum. These days Mr. Sellers, his business partner Kathleen Allen, who is a gilder and furniture finisher, and artist Joe Ely Baird (Mr. Sellers' nephew) work together for Studio 832 - their two-year-old business creating high-style custom work such as the 11-foot-tall carved-plaster fireplace commissioned for a Highland Park house. These days Mr. Sellers, his business partner Kathleen Allen, who is a gilder and furniture finisher, and artist Joe Ely Baird (Mr. Sellers' nephew) work together for Studio 832 - their two-year-old business creating high-style custom work such as the 11-foot-tall carved-plaster fireplace commissioned for a Highland Park house.
Moving from the salon's black-and-white theme, Mr. Sellers'
main living room is full of color and nuance.Four French card-table chairs from the '40s surround a Heywood-Wakefield table from the '60s, spotlighted by a Sputnik-era chandelier.
At the opposite end of the living room, Mr. Sellers'
own work, a falling man cast in aluminum, balances on a pair of balustrades.Much of the sculpture in the room is Mr. Sellers'
own, including side tables, coffee table and glass lamps, which he
designs and sells under the name 832 V.
"My original architectural carving is a way to get sculptural work into a home, even if the clients do not collect sculpture, per se," he
says."They are living with original work in the home, even though it is not on a pedestal." Mr. Sellers added pops of color to the room with a green side chair - a $20 antiques-mall find - and an orange velvet-mohair sofa that Dallas interior designer James McInroe reworked by adding walnut legs, new upholstery and down filling.
And that's where Mr. Sellers'
home seems to end; mirrored panels form the back wall.So how does the artist live without a kitchen and a bedroom?
"I love hidden doors," Mr. Sellers
painted the study a "sick and ugly green," accented by deep-blue doors.They are colors that soothe him, he
The bed is in a sleeping nook inspired by 18th- and 19th-century architecture, and it's possibly just as small as it would've been back then.
"I moved here from a 2,000-square-foot open loft, and in here, I sleep like you wouldn't believe," he
says."It's my kennel." Mr. Sellers'
home surprises one more time with the black-and-white bathroom he
modeled after an upscale train car."It's so small it just had to be sparkly," he
says of the glossy black marble and chrome accents."People forget that masculine can be sparkly, too." Mr. Sellers
will stay in the rented loft as long as the area interests him.
"I love the space and the area of Exposition Park.I like the bohemian atmosphere and the real city experience I get living here.The area is, however, changing with the addition of the DART rail station and general gentrification."
For Mr. Sellers
, a neighborhood that's too pretty isn't as pleasing as one that's gritty to the core.He's
made it his
life's work to take something rough around the edges and turn it into an object of wonder.
To purchase pieces by Mr. Sellers
: Grange Hall
4445 Travis St.
To commission custom work by Mr. Sellers
...Deep Ellum artist George Sellers' loft mirrors his eclectic style