Artist Statement -

John Searles is a metal artist & sculptor with work in more than 2000 collections across the country, including hotels, businesses and homes. His experience includes working with aluminum, copper, bronze, steel and stainless steel. His body of work includes sculptures, metal weavings, metal art tiles, wall sculptures, photography, paintings and websites.

The metal wall sculptures of John Searles reflect his enduring interests in mathematical patterns, design, movement, energy and freedom and are an expression of his on-going dialogue with the metals he works with – aluminum, steel, stainless steel, copper and bronze. John Searles‘ background in poetry, painting and photography has heavily influenced his focus on shape and design. At times his artwork appears to depict the fluid movements of a Kung Fu master, or the flight patterns of a bird catching insects in the summer evening air. Other times, the metal represents dancers intertwined.

John Searles lives and works in a converted 5600 square foot factory on three acres of land near Lake Michigan. The front third of the building is a light-filled gallery. The back part is a tool- and work table-filled space with two garage doors and a view out over the property to the woods behind. Sculptures populate the lawn in front of the gallery. The grandeur of the water and sky and the serenity of the land infuse his work.

John Searles’ expertise as a sculptor build on his skills with tools, his studies in science, music and languages, and more than 40 years background in the arts. John Searles develops his designs by cutting shapes out of metal, then forming and welding them as he proceeds. His purpose is to delight the brain and visual centers as Music for the Eyes, as well as to celebrate the human spirit.

In addition to his sculptures, John Searles has built a national reputation with his wall sculptures, metal weavings, metal tiles, abstract paintings and photographs. His works are included in the collections of many hotels, corporations and private homes across the United States.

Searles works in a 5600 square foot old factory building near the Eastern shore of Lake Michigan. The front of the building is a light-filled gallery of his work. Searles finished art school more than 25 years ago and has been intently developing new ideas since. Recent clients include Deloitte & Touche in Milwaukee, the Hilton Hotel in Hartford, CT, the Oriental Mandarin Hotel in Washington DC and numerous corporations and private residences across the country.

Artist Exhibitions

I am in the process of compiling my past and current exhibition opportunities.

Artist Publications


Artist Collections

Private Sculpture Garden, Boca Raton, FL, 2013
Bethesda Hospital, Boynton Beach, FL, 2012
Sacred Heart Academy (2), Atherton, CA, 2012
T. Devlin Collection, Lafayette, IN, 2012
Private Collection, Santa Barbara, CA 2012
BLT Architects, Philadelphia, PA 2012
Zawila Collection, Orlando, FL 2012
Foley Collection, New York, NY, 2012
Camarata Masonry, Houston, TX 2012
Florida East Coast Realty (2), Miami, FL 2012
NSF Inc., Ann Arbor, MI 2011
Jupiter Holdings, Phoenix, AZ, 2011
Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN, 2010
City Sculpture Garden, Palos Heights, IL, 2010
Downtown Sculpture Collection, Champaign, IL, 2010
Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, MI 2009
Hemlock Semiconductor, Midland, MI 2009
Ritz-Carlton, Nevada, 2009
Channing Place Condominiums, Eastchester, NY 2009
Spring Green Fire Station, Spring Green, WI 2009
Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA 2008-2009
Cadillac Westin Hotel, Detroit, MI 2008 (9)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, 2008
50 Biscayne Blvd (condominium lobby), Miami, FL, 2007
City Hall Collection, Springfield, IL, 2007
D.E. Shaw & Co, New York, NYC, 2007
Spur Capital Partners, Bartlesville, OK, 2007
Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI, 2007
Highmark, Inc., Camp Hill, PA, 2007
REIT Management & Research LLC, Newton, MA, 2007
Kern School Credit Union, Bakersfield, CA, 2007
Babson Capital Management LLC, Springfield, MA, 2007
Lunar Strategies, LLC, Indianapolis, IN, 2007
Northpointe Health & Wellness Center, Roscoe, IL, 2007
Corporate Property Group, Melbourne, FL, 2007
Double Tree Hotel, Greensboro, NC, 2007
Hilton Hotel, Hartford, CT, 2006
Ackerman & Co., Atlanta, GA, 2006
Numerof & Associates, St. Louis, MO, 2006
The Rosenberg Group, Oakland, CA, 2006
Emerson Process Management, Marshalltown, IA, 2006
U.S. Army Officers Club, Dugway Proving Ground, Dugway, UT, 2006
Metropolitan Title Agency, Atlanta, GA, 2005
Rikers & Danzig, Morristown, NJ, 2005
Edgar Snyder & Associates, Pittsburgh, PA 2005
Holiday Inn Capitol, Washington DC, 2004 and 2005
Falling Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands, Farmington, PA 2004
Deloitte & Touche, Milwaukee, WI, 2004
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington DC, 2004
Rohrer Corporation, Wadsworth, OH
Unico Alloys, Inc., Columbus, OH
Richard E. Jacobs Architects, Westlake, OH
Perfect Plastic Printing Corporation, St. Charles, IL
Pioneer Steel, Detroit, MI
Bluegrass Woodworking, Lexington, KY
City Hall Collection, Prairie Village, KS
LifeSource Counseling Center, Atlanta, GA
K & A Design, Louisville, KY
Diamond Veil Development, Schereville, IN
Western Illinois University Collection, Macomb, IL
Auction Software, Statesville, NC...

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