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What we have done for our clients
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LOVE – Robert Indiana

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Brushstroke #3909 – Roy Lichtenstein

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Ringed Figure – Keith Haring

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Self Portrait – Keith Haring

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House – Roy Lichtenstein

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Chain – Jeff Koons

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Brushstroke Nude – Roy Lichtenstein

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Julie – Phil Grausman

Fine Art

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LOVE – Robert Indiana

Restoration of Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture using paint systems specifically designed for aluminum aircraft and marine craft.  Amaral Custom Fabrications color matched Robert’s vivid colors and applied to stringent specifications set by the Artist. Colorfast and graffiti resistant, our paint will assure LOVE remains vibrant years beyond expectations. Year completed: 2013

Overview

Restoration of Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture using paint systems specifically designed for aluminum aircraft and marine craft.  Amaral Custom Fabrications color matched Robert’s vivid colors and applied to stringent specifications set by the Artist. Colorfast and graffiti resistant, our paint will assure LOVE remains vibrant years beyond expectations.

Year completed: 2013

Brushstroke #3909 – Roy Lichtenstein

32 foot tall, all marine grade aluminum fabricated sculpture installed at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC. This striking black and light yellow sculpture is installed above a Civil War era tunnel located below its’ base.  Working alongside Smithsonian engineers, Amaral Custom Fabrication assisted in designing a method for installation without risk of damage […]

Overview

32 foot tall, all marine grade aluminum fabricated sculpture installed at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC. This striking black and light yellow sculpture is installed above a Civil War era tunnel located below its’ base.  Working alongside Smithsonian engineers, Amaral Custom Fabrication assisted in designing a method for installation without risk of damage to this historically significant piece of architecture.

Year completed: 2004

Ringed Figure – Keith Haring

Posthumously built from a maquette left by the artist,. this 16,000 pound, brightly painted steel sculpture is imbued with all the energy and exuberance the Artist intended. Our paint work guarantees a long life and years of enjoyment for all. Year completed: 2002

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Posthumously built from a maquette left by the artist,. this 16,000 pound, brightly painted steel sculpture is imbued with all the energy and exuberance the Artist intended. Our paint work guarantees a long life and years of enjoyment for all.

Year completed: 2002

Self Portrait – Keith Haring

Posthumous – from artist’s maquette.  This carefully balanced, yet defiant, 9000 pound steel figure was conceived by the artist shortly after he was diagnosed with AIDS.  Amaral Custom Fabrications is honored to have been awarded the rights to build it. Year completed: 2006

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Posthumous – from artist’s maquette.  This carefully balanced, yet defiant, 9000 pound steel figure was conceived by the artist shortly after he was diagnosed with AIDS.  Amaral Custom Fabrications is honored to have been awarded the rights to build it.

Year completed: 2006

House – Roy Lichtenstein

This 13 foot tall, all marine aluminum sculpture of an abstracted house employs an optical illusion to fool the eye of the viewer. Full penetration welding of marine aluminum assures this sculpture will withstand Force 5 hurricane wind successfully. Fully documented, stamped, and signed, engineering calculations establishes this without a doubt.  Also: Marine grade = […]

Overview

This 13 foot tall, all marine aluminum sculpture of an abstracted house employs an optical illusion to fool the eye of the viewer. Full penetration welding of marine aluminum assures this sculpture will withstand Force 5 hurricane wind successfully. Fully documented, stamped, and signed, engineering calculations establishes this without a doubt.  Also: Marine grade = corrosion resistant!

Year completed: 2006

Chain – Jeff Koons

Luxuriously painted, proof coil chain is employed to hang cast aluminum work by Jeff Koons.  After years of investigation and trials by the Koons Studio, Amaral Custom Fabrications suggested a simpler, proprietary method of staging the chain for paint application.  No other fabricator is able to replicate this method, or produce the quality and 100% […]

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Luxuriously painted, proof coil chain is employed to hang cast aluminum work by Jeff Koons.  After years of investigation and trials by the Koons Studio, Amaral Custom Fabrications suggested a simpler, proprietary method of staging the chain for paint application.  No other fabricator is able to replicate this method, or produce the quality and 100% coverage our method provides. We have painted literally thousands of feet of chain since 2006!

Brushstroke Nude – Roy Lichtenstein

Brushstroke Nude

Overview

This is a restoration of a cast aluminum piece from a well-known casting house.  Amaral Custom Fabrications, stripped and recoated with our regular paint system designed specifically for aluminum.  See our paper “Painting Aluminum” (hyperlink here?) to learn more.

Year completed: 2009

Julie – Phil Grausman

Face

Overview

Fiberglass human face cast from hard molds taken from a hand built enlargement. While 5 axis machines are now tasked with the process of enlargement, it’s good to know that here at Amaral Custom Fabrications, we still can do it the old fashioned way!  There’s just something about the human eye and hand that no computer can fully replicate.

Year completed: 2002

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SERVICES
Our creative services

Sculpture Fabrication

From enlargement to final placement, our skills assure your piece will not only be as you wish but will be fabricated with the best of materials and techniques.

Marine Specialists

We have years of experience building to the most rigorous standards of the United States Coast Guard and United States Navy.

Installation

We help coordinate local riggers, crane operators to truckers to bring everything together for a great finish.

Painting

We take great pride in our painted surfaces.  Not only do we employ some of the most fade and vandal resistant paint known, we offer superior corrosion resistance for long-term protection of your art.

Composites

We cover the full range of options in composites technologies from economical hand-laid FRP to epoxy/carbon hybrids; ACF can get it done.

Metal Fabrication

We are experts in all metals and our background in Marine fabrication ensures your work will be tough and corrosion resistant for decades to come.

Technologies Integration

Our depth of knowledge ranges from the drafting table to 3D printing and everything in between.  We can assure economical use of a full range of technologies.

Excellent Support

We can help your project through the design and engineering phase, to an end result that is fabrication friendly.

Collaboration

We work with many other skilled trades groups to bring forth the very best project results.

PROCESS
We turn good ideas into great products

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ABOUT US
Old world craftsmanship utilizing new technologies
Paul-Amaral

Paul Amaral

Owner
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Kathy Amaral

Office Manager
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Jeffrey Bettencourt

Production Manager
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Zach Furman

FRP Specialist
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Scott Daniels

Fabricator
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Kevin DiMattia

Fabricator
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George Rocha

Purchasing
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Kyle Lord

Lead Painter
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Kristen Daniels

Receptionist
Why Us?

Drawing upon the boat building tradition of Narragansett Bay, Amaral Custom Fabrications, Inc. fuses old-world craftsmanship with modern fabrication techniques in delivering exceptional performance and value. Artisans and craftsmen skillfully realize your vision from drawings, models, maquettes or a simple sketch.

METAL WORK

Although Amaral Custom Fabrications is experienced and capable in all metals, we excel in aluminum! We use the very same alloy required by Lloyd's Register of Shipping for use in seagoing vessels for it's superior strength retention after welding, and resistance to corrosion by seawater.

Our process for painting aluminum has it's origins in the Aerospace Industry. If we are building sculpture for the ages, why settle for anything less?

FINISHING WORK

Amaral Custom Fabrications takes great pride in our finishes. We carefully hand sand all sculpture to the highest level possible in order to obtain 'better than automotive' results. Our marine coatings experience ensures your project is protected by the longest-lasting and fade resistant products commercially available.

INDUSTRIAL WORK

Our expertise in fabrication is well known to engineers and business professionals in many realms. Our ability to work to Mil-Specs from prints is utilized by commercial enterprise, naval engineers, and other clients who require exacting standards of fabrication.

Our Skills
Metal Work
Fiberglass, Resins & Molds
Painting, Finishing Work
TESTIMONIAL
What our clients say about us
  • I made the decision to use the firm where Mr. Amaral was employed based on interviews and meetings with him, supported by samples of work he produced. I feel I owe the success of this project* to Mr. Amaral personally.

    *Bearing Witness – Federal Triangle Building – Washington DC

    Martin Puryear

  • Paul Amaral has demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, good follow-through, and an attention to detail in the construction of both large scale brushstroke sculptures for the Pontiac Marina in Singapore, “Singapore Brushstrokes I-IV” and the gallery editioned piece piece “Endless Drip”.

    I would recommend Mr. Amaral Highly.

    Roy Lichtenstein

  • Paul Amaral has played an integral role in the fabrication of our large-scale sculptures, notably the Spoonbridge and Cherry for the sculpture garden of the Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, and the Shuttlecocks for the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

    We have found him to be versatile, ingenious, dependable and responsive to the most exacting requirements.

    We recommend him highly.

    Claes Oldenburg & Cooje van Bruggen

  • I certainly enjoyed our visit at your facility on the ISC conference tour on Sunday. Your operation is impressive and your hospitality was most gracious. Best wishes for your success in the art world.

    Janice Palmer

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