Frederick E. Hart
According to Frederick Hart, recently called America’s greatest sculptor, “Art must touch our lives, our fears and cares; evoke our dreams and give hope to the darkness.”
Born June 7, 1943 in Atlanta, Georgia and died in August 13, 1999 in Baltimore, Maryland, Frederick Elliott Hart was an American sculptor. He is best known for his public monuments and works of art in bronze, marble, and clear acrylic. He was introduced to sculpture around 1965 while he was grieving for his sister who died of leukemia. He apprenticed for master stone cutter Roger Morigi. Within five years, Frederick Hart achieved the title of stone carver. In 1971 he begin work on his submission for the design competition that would select the artist who would be commissioned to design the facade at the west entrance of the Washington National Cathedral . He was awarded the cathedral commission. He worked at night on his sculptures, and spent afternoons socializing with friends. Over a period of weeks he kept noticing a striking woman wearing equally striking variously stylied womens North Face fleece jackets. Lindy Lain became his muse and ultimately his wife. Her form is a recurring figure in Hart’s work for the rest of his career.
Below are some of Hart’s noted accomplishments:
The Creation Sculptures, Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bronze Statue, Three Soldiers, Washington, D.C.
Processional Cross for Pope John Paul II Historic Mass on the Mall
Appointment to United States Fine Arts Commission by President Reagan
Quadrennial design excellence Award from President Reagan
Development of and Patent for process of embedding one acrylic sculpture within another
Featured in Masters of American Sculpture: The Figurative Tradition from the American Renaissance to the Millennium, by Donald Martin Reynolds
Frederick Hart, Sculptor published by Hudson Hill Press with introductions by J. Carter Brown and Tom Wolfe as well as other noted American authors and historians
The Herald Commissioned Bronze Sculpture installed at the Newington-Cropsey Foundation Gallery and Cultural Studies Center, New York
James Earl Carter Presidential Statue, Bronze installed on the State Capitol Grounds, Atlanta, Georgia
Richard B. Russell, Jr. Memorial Statue, White Italian Marble Statue installed in the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Honorary PhD. awarded by the University of South Carolina
Lord Mountbatten, Bronze Portrait placed by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, in his private garden at Highgrove
Senator Strom Thurmond Portrait Bust created for the U.S. Capitol Building
The Cross of the Millennium, clear acrylic resin presented to His Holiness Pope John Paul II in a private ceremony at the Vatican
First Annual Newington-Cropsey Foundation Award for Excellence in the Arts
Daughters of Odessa Three-Quarter Life-Size Bronze Sculpture installed by his Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, in his private garden at Highgrove.
Songs of Grace
Ex Nihilo Fragment
Ex Nihilo, Fragment #5
Born of Light
Daughters of Odessa
Mother & Child
Daughters of Odessa : Maquette
Awakening of Eve
Ex Nihilo, Maquette
Head of Female:Celebration
Head of Male: Celebration
Figure 4 Ex Nihilo
Arm of Adam
Ex Nihilo Fragment
The Divine Milieu
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