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Frederick Hart

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Frederick Hart has been in the public eye since the 1970's when he won a competition to design the entrance of the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. His sculptures of Ex Nihilo (Out of Nothingness), Creation of Day, Creation of Night and Adam redefined and invigorated figurative art.

Hart's first bronze, Three Soldiers at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, also in Washington D.C., put faces to the names of that conflict's dead and reflected an ambiguity in those faces that had never before been seen in public monumental works.

His victory over the Warner Brothers film starring Al Pacino, The Devil's Advocate, which used a recreation of Ex Nihilo, in a manner which degraded the work, helped to preserve an artist's rights to his own work and the protection of its intent.

J.Carter Brown, Director Emeritus National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. wrote in "Frederick Hart, Sculptor" , Hudson Hills Press, New York, 1994, "One of the functions of art is to challenge. Frederick Hart's sculpture is among the most challenging art I know."

Frederick Hart's belief that art should deal directly with public service, figurative beauty, spirituality and the heroic possibilities of humanity went against the grain of the art establishment, particularly in New York City which was in the grip of Abstract Expressionism and Contemporary Art. "Contemporary Art", pronounced Frederick Hart, "Died of old age."

Hart's themes of being and becoming which he had illuminated in Ex Nihilo drew him to explore clear acrylic as a medium which would allow him to "sculpt with light". This pristine material which had never been used to yield fine art before, became the sculptor's tool to create images that would appear then vanish, metamorphose and come to rest.

Hart patented an embedment technique which literally encases one sculpture within another offering a multiplicity of form, a visual slight of hand; compelling, hypnotic and often profoundly moving. To the present, he is the only sculptor to be able to achieve this.

Tom Wolfe at the National Press Club Award Ceremony in 1998 stated, "Rick is, and I do not say this lightly, America's greatest sculptor."

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