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Heart of Frederick Hart
When Frederick Hart--who was affectionately called "Rick" by
his close friends--was about 18 in 1963 in Atlanta, he was visited
by an angel. Since
then, his artwork shows a propensity for expressing spirituality.
One of his more recent works, called "Dreams: Visions
and Visitations," reflects this sense of sanctity in his finely
crafted lucite acrylic sculptures.
Lucite acrylics are flawlessly transparent sculptures that
are so clear that they look like glass or crystal.
Observers of his work feel their breaths snatched away at the
vision of the hauntingly beautiful, finely formed figures embedded
inside the mold.
In Hart's "Visions" series, he started in 1992 with "Echo
of Silence" which is a 22" high acrylic resin displaying a
woman rolled into a fetal position at the base, and a transparent,
almost ghost-like form hovering over her.
Then, in 1993, Hart went on to create the second and third
forms in the series: "Winged Vision" and
"Dreamers"--both of which are 16" high.
"Winged Vision" features a male angel streaming
past a female in the supine position, while "Dreamers"
creates an illusion of a woman asleep.
Then in 1995, Hart molded his final piece in the series,
"Reverie," which is a 15" acrylic sculpture of a
man's face offset by the figure a woman asleep.
Interestingly, though, the sculpted face of this man looks
much like the face of the angel in "Winged Vision."
Also of note is that Hart has sculpted women in each of these
pieces, and yet it was he--a male--who had the visit by the angel.
All of Hart's sculptures begin with a clay model that, after perfection,
are then cast either into bronze or the lucite acrylic, of which he
has patented his own embedding process.
He often sculpts in life-size, one-third life size, or
maquette size which may be anywhere from several inches to over a
foot tall. When
galleries apply to Hart's publisher to buy, display and sell his
work, those galleries must be accepted by the dealer representing
him. If they are,
they're given an exclusive territory to feature Hart's work.
Though Hart was what was
termed an "Emerging Artist," he was still well known for
two major achievements: The sculpting of the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial in 1982--the most visited monument in the nation's capital
which features three young, anguished solders done in bronze--and
the 1971 Creation Sculptures, titled "Ex Nihilo," which
combines the metamorphosis of divine spirit and exploding energy.
This work is featured above the main entrance of the National
Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
One of Hartís major art forms is an acrylic sculpture of a cross with
Christ animated in crucifixion which not only represents 2000 years of
Christ's presence, but also foretells of the coming Third Millennium.
This is a first work of art that simultaneously represents
Christ's birth, death, and resurrection.
In the cross, Christ's torment nearly can be felt as it appears
as though His head sways as he dies.
This was an affect Hart strove for in all his works since all
of his sculptures relied upon the contrast of light to darkness.
Only 2000 of these crosses have been created for world-wide
distribution, so numbers are limited.
So whether you're a collector of art or you just enjoy and appreciate
different art mediums, take a look at the acrylic resins as
sculptures. You'll ooh
and aah all the way home after seeing them.
Looking is fun and free.