A Spanish style home in Springville, Utah is where avant-garde bronze artist, collector and motorcycle historian Jeff Decker lives and works. Passionate about motorcycles, cars and anything mechanical that has endured decades without being “molested”, it will not surprise you that his office is multi-spaces, its expansion being only limited by the number of rooms available and I guess how much privacy wife Kelly and his 4 children want to keep for themselves. Officially, his desk is this little California 1920’s piece you see at the top of my article, made to suit Spanish style homes of that era and whose main purpose is only to remind Jeff where he can find his iPhone and iPad (!) in case he wants to return calls (!!!), or needs to load new art and motorcycle pictures in his iPhoto digital albums.
But of course, Jeff rarely spends much time at this desk. Most of it is spent in the “Hippodrome Studio”, his sanctuary where he sculpts, cuts, molds, pours, casts, welds, and blasts and does whatever magic contributes to the production of his bronze masterpieces. It’s where his most popular works where born. To name a few: “Wrecking Crew,” a 16-inch tall bust of a pre-20s racer; “Slant Artist,” the 75-pound, 40-inch tall sculpture of a rider fighting an Excelsior hill climber, ”Petrali Racer” an 18-inch lbronze of Joe Petrali at speed aboard his 1937 Knucklehead; “Flat Out at Bonneville,” a depiction of the iconic image of Rollie Free in bathing trunks setting a world speed record aboard his mighty Vincent; and of course “By the Horns” the 16 ft 5000 pound monument he created in front of the Milwaukee Museum.
And when he needs to resource, find new inspiration, Jeff moves to one of his other private rooms where he may sit for long periods contemplating his own rare motorcycles (from a 1941 Crocker to a 1952 Vincent to a 1914 Harley-Davidson to a Cyclone to antique Harley racers…), or revisit his collections of old tools, rare paintings, antique displays and numerous art from other artists and friends.
During my interview, Jeff Decker told me that he is a rather conflicted person. Between creating awesome bronzes, he also loves building silly installations that he always ends up disassembling later. Sometimes he thinks that he should have been an interior decorator and that if he would have been more mechanical or athletic he would have probably left the art for building or racing…
Well, for sure Jeff Decker is very fortunate to make as his career what would otherwise be his devoring passion and hobby. Jeff Decker Studio.