Ex-Tech Lamps are the creation of assemblage artist, Ian Kelly a UK native, who finds inspiration in unusual pieces of discarded technical and industrial equipment. Ian has been "polishing" his craft in the metal restoration arts for over 15 years at his business, Santa Cruz Metal Polishing and uses many of the skills acquired there in the construction of these meticulously hand crafted original lighting fixtures. The French artist Jean Dubuffet first used the term assemblage to describe a method of turning found objects into three-dimensional structures. Ian has taken this idea to a higher level, turning found items into functional art lamps. The fantastical nature of these unique assemblage art lamps ranges from whimsical occasional lamps to impressive towers of illuminated assemblage art.

With the soul of an artist finding himself in a new age, he has embarked on the path of recycling high technology gizmos and elaborate components into fantastic lighted art sculptures using materials both everyday and exotic. As you will see in the photos of these one of a kind sculptural lighting fixtures, Ian possesses an imagination far beyond ordinary, with flashes of brillIance - pun completely intended.

The artist known as Ian Kelly is a son of England and a product of his various environments and life experiences. With large doses of varied cultural influences ranging from the make-do-bootstraps workaday of post WWII England, the hardscrabble knockabout bohemIan age which followed and a healthy dollop of intellectual eclecticism combined with wildly creative American idealism. This unusual combination of theory and practice embraced the artist firmly, resulting in this series of remarkable assemblage art, functional and fascinating.

We hope you enjoy browsing the images and charming descriptions of Ian's original art lamps!


vacpump mood lighting, original, moderrn lighting fixture, one of a kind
THE WELCH VAC PUMP LAMP
The unique air lamp gives a soft and sexy glow
THE AIR CLEANER LAMP
the impresive compressor floor lamp makes a one of a kind statement
THE COMPRESSOR LAMP
companion table compressor lamp
THE MINI ME COMPRESSOR LAMP
Varian lamp, custom futuristic lighting fixture
THE VARIAN LAMP
KillArc Table Lamp, retro yet futuristic, recycled technology at work
THE KILLARK LAMP

THE QUARTZ LAMP
Vac lamp, custom made for the company
THE PROVAC LAMP
Disc Lamp
THE DISC LAMP
futuristic nightligh - assemblage art by Ian Kelly
THE NITE LITE
the capsule lamp, assemblage art lamp by Ian Kelly
THE CAPSULE LAMP
The Rocket Lamp by Ian Kelly
THE ROCKET LAMP

THE COOLHEAT SPACE HEATER

THE GOOSENECK DESK LAMP
custom bath vanity lighting
THE VANITY LIGHT
The Desk Lamp Charging Station by Ian Kelly
THE DESK LAMP