Paul Tinson

3D Artist

I am an emerging 3D artist specialising in welded metal sculptures constructed predominately from recycled or discarded metals of a mechanical nature. My aim is to use these recycled metals to create familiar and abstract objects. Inspiration for my artwork comes from my passion of engineering, music, and the shape and form of the human skull. My artwork engages subjects as diverse as heavy metal, modern garden sculpture, musical instruments and death. Each piece is unique and individually crafted based on the material I have at hand.

I try to keep the recycled object’s original shape so the piece can be viewed as both a collection of individual parts, and as an artistic singularity. Over the years I have found the additive process of welding metal an organic experience that enhances and promotes creative freedom. Working in multiple dimensions and the immediacy of the additive process of welding metal is extremely fulfilling, and combining metal, stone, concrete, and other natural and industrial materials opens limitless sculptural horizons.

Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Engineering, University of Glasgow 1990-1994

Industrial & Urban Art, Aspire Gallery October 2017
Heavy Metal, Old Schoolhouse Gallery May 2017
Depths & Shallows, Old Schoolhouse Gallery May 2016

Guest Speaker, Recycled Art, Morton Bay Boys School September 2017 

Available Works

See below for a list of available works by Paul Tinson.

Each work is unique, and will never be reproduced.

(Photos By: Sean Jakes-Wass)

Lemmy, Rickenbacker Bass

Recycled Wood and Metal


In 1995, guitar makers Rickenbacker paid tributes to metal icon and Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, by producing a Rickenbacker Limited Edition Lemmy Kilmister Signature 4004LK bass. Only 60 were ever produced. 

This is my tribute to one of the all time music greats. 

I have been heavily influenced by Motorhead since first listening to the "Iron Fist" album in 1981, and I hope to have captured the essence of Lemmy, his music, and of course his Rickenbacker Bass in this sculpture. The wooden neck was cut and carved from an old wooden stair that had been discarded in my garden for years. It turned out to be a beautiful piece of hardwood that complements the guitar's aesthetics. 

Lemmy - Rickenbacker 4000 Series Bass

Lemmy was the founder and main driving force behind the group, Motorhead. 
Formed in 1975, having been sacked from his previous band Hawkwind, Motorhead transformed the Heavy Metal scene in the late 70's and early 80's, and were synonymous with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) phenomenon that swept the globe. 

Famous for tracks such as "Ace Of Spades", "Motorhead", "Overkill", "Bomber" and "Killed By Death", Motorhead had an illustrious career spanning over 40 years.

Lemmy (his name originated from the phrase "lemmy (lend me) a quid" til Friday) is famous for many things, his bass guitar being one of them. 

The Rickenbacker 4000 series suited his unique playing style and the wall of sound that he created is instantly recognisable. 

Interesting Fact: Lemmy was once the roadie for Jimi Hendrix.

Other guitarists that made the Rikcnebacker Bass thier guitar of choice include: 

  • Geddy Lee - Rush
  • Cliff Burton - Metallica
  • Geezer Butler - Black Sabbath
  • Roger Glover - Deep Purple
  • Phil Lynott - Thin Lizzy
  • Roger Waters - Pink Floyd


Jimmy Hendrix, Fender Stratocaster

Recycled Wood and Metal


At the 1969 Monterey Pop Festival, Jimi Hendrix famously finished his performance with a rendition of Wild Thing and then set light to his Fender Strat, smashed it several times and then threw it into the crowd. This put Jimi Hendrix on the map, and the rest they say is history.

This is my tribute to Jimi Hendrix and the Fender Stratocaster. 

In my sculpture, I have tried to capture the famous Fender Stratocaster that he burned on stage. I have used the Japanese technique of preserving wood called Shou Sugi Ban. The process involves charring wood, cooling it, cleaning it and finishing it with natural oil. 

Hendrix - 1963 Fender Stratocaster

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes Jimi Hendrix as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music"

Jimi started playing guitar at the age of 15, gigging with bands such as The Isley Brothers and, later in 1965, with Little Richard. He moved to England in 1966 where he gigged relentlessly to earn himself the title as a guitar prodigy. No one had ever seen the guitar played the way he did, and he soon gained respect and praise from his peers such as Eric Clapton (Cream), Jeff Beck (The Yardbirds) and Pete Townshend (The Who). 

In 1967, Jimi Hendrix performed at the Monterey Pop Festival. It was his breakthrough into the American music industry and it launched him as one of the highest paid performers of his generation. On the bill for that festival was The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding. 

Not to be upstaged by The Who, who were infamous for smashing their equipment on stage, Jimi set light to his guitar during his last song, "Wild Thing". Having set light to the guitar, he then proceeded to smash it about the stage and throw the remains into the audience. This performance put Hendrix on the map and generated an enormous amount of music press and newspaper column inches. 

Jimi Hendix played a variety of guitars, including the Gibson Flying V, but he predominately played a right-handed Fender Stratocaster, upside down and restrung for left-handed playing. Other guitarists that made the Fender Stratocaster their guitar of choice include:

  • David Gilmour - Pink Floyd
  • Jeff Beck - The Yardbirds
  • Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple
  • Eddie Van Halen - Van Halen
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan - Double Trouble


  • Concrete, Recycled, Metal
Bad Maxhead
  • Concrete, Recycled Wood, Metal

Sold Works

Angus Young, Gibson SG
Randy Rhoads, Gibson Flying V

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