23-Year-Old Welds Metal Canvases to Create Psychedelic Portraits

Engineer Richard Lauth uses his imaginative expertise to demonstrate how welding can serve an unexpected art form. Lauth himself prefers a TIG welding technique, which utilizes a tungsten electrode to deliver a current to the welding site. The puddle that forms is then cooled with a gas. While this undertaking appears quite straightforward, it does require an expert amount of skill. In order to achieve a rainbow-like effect, welder must maintain proper heat control and pressure. This is no easy feat.

With proficiency on his side, the artist creates psychedelic works that display various animals, insects, and even pop culture characters. His portfolio boats characters like Star Wars‘ Yoda, the grinning Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, an adorable Despicable Me minion, amongst many others. Each figure is produced on a metal canvas and is mesmerizingly fluid. To see all that Lauth has to offer, be sure to visit his Etsy shop.


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