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An Extraordinary Artist -Frederick Hart (1943-1999)

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 09:32 AM

Throughout the history of mankind, there have been very few artists who could envision a concept and mold it perfectly into a shape that is as breathtaking as the sculptures of Frederick Hart. As a young teen, Hart was already committed to a career in art. It was later, when he was visiting the Washington National Cathedral, that he discovered master stone cutter Roger Morigi at work. He secured a job as a mail clerk at the Cathedral to gain access to Morigi. Eventually he was able to negotiate an apprenticeship for himself.  After 5 years, Hart had mastered the art of stone carving. Hart was then to lauch his extraordianry career that wouldl lead to international fame.

Frederick Hart

FREDERICK HART - A GIFTED AMERICAN ARTIST

One of the most significant achievements in Hart’s lifetime was winning the commission for the design of the façade at the west entrance of the Washington National Cathedral in 1971. His contribution to this national treasure is nothing short of spectacular.

Hart favored working in his garage studio at night. He enjoyed spending his days near Dupont Circle in conversation with locals, watching people as they passed by. It was there that he spotted a beautiful woman who went past his spot every day. Eventually he spoke to her, introducing himself. He asked her to pose for his sculpture and she graciously agreed. As one might imagine, Miss Lindy Lain, this passer-by, later became Mrs. Lindy Hart, a dominant subject in Hart’s sculptures for the rest of his life. Together they had two sons, Frederick Lain Hart (1980- ) and Alexander Thaddeus Hart (1983- ).

Amyx and Hart with art

RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX WITH HIS FAST FRIEND FREDERICK HART - AT RICK HART'S STUDIO IN THE COUNTRY SIDE OF VIRGINA - CIRCA 1997

While Hart was studying the book of Genesis, for his work at the Washington National Cathedral, Hart had an epiphany. He recognized that his extraordinary artistic ability was a gift from God, and promptly converted to Roman Catholicism. Because his 1978 marriage to Lindy Lain had been a civil ceremony, he chose to have their marriage blessed at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in 1980.

Before he began to work with acrylic, many of Hart’s sculptures were bronze or marble. He experimented with clear acrylic resin for many years before perfecting his patented technique, embedding one clear acrylic sculpture within another, now referred to as “sculpting with light.” It is this innovation that sets Frederick Hart apart.

THE RIDE

ACRYLIC SCULPTURE "THE RIDE" BY FREDERICK HART - ONE SUCH SCULPTURE RESIDES IN THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Because of the exquisite quality of his sculptures, Hart was commissioned to create numerous public monuments. Some of the more famous pieces include:

  • Acrylic Cross of the Millennium, presented to Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, Rome.
  • Limestone sculpture of The Creation at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
  • Bronze statue of Three Soldiers at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • Statue of Senator Richard Russell in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
  • Bronze bust of Senator Strom Thurmond, in the Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.
  • Marble bust of J. Danforth Quayle for the Senate’s Vice Presidential Bust Collection, Washington, D.C.
  • Bronze statue of President James Earl Carter in bronze installed at the Georgia State House, Atlanta.

The magnificence of these important works of art earned Hart the coveted National Medal of Arts. On the accompanying proclamation it reads: “For his important body of work—including the Washington National Cathedral's Creation Sculptures and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial's Three Soldiers—which heralded a new age for contemporary public art.” It was signed by President George W. Bush and dated November 17, 2004.

RALEIGH DEGEER AMYXFREDERICK HART|SEEN BY MILLIONS THAT HAVE VISITED THE VIETNAM WALL, IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IS THIS LIFE SIZE BRONZE STATUE OF THE "THREE SOLDIERS" - ACCOMPLISHED BY THE EMINETLY GIFTED  FREDERICK  HART

Sadly, Frederick Hart’s life came to an abrupt halt in 1999, a mere two days after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. May his memory live on through his magnificent art.

It was to the delight of avid collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx that he was able to befriend Frederick Hart and acquire, from him, several striking artist’s proofs of his favorite sculptures for himself and his wife Hilda. Amyx and Hart visited numerous times at Hart’s Virginia residence or at the Virginia home of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection contains an array of priceless works of art as well as many historically significant pieces owned by U.S. presidents, Hollywood giants, sports legends and other important figures. Mr. Amyx welcomes serious discussions with fellow collectors concerning opportunities to buy, sell and trade museum-quality relics.

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WINGED VISION - SIGNIFICANT ART CREATION BY FREDERICK HART-

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 @ 02:17 PM

Featured is one of the most Stunning examples, Winged vision", of the creative ability of one of America's Greatest Sculptors in History, Frederick Hart (1943-1999 - age 56). Hart was best known for his Public Monuments, such as his Impressive Sculpture at The Viet Nam Wall. But, perhaps Hart is even better known for his masterly work in the Arena of Acrylic - a technique Frederick Hart patented and Coined - "Sculpting with Light".


winged visob|frederick hart|frederick hart winged vison|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection|the amyx collection|AN ABSOLUTLELY STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE ARTISTIC VISON OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S FOREMOST ARTISTS - FREDERICK HART

Along the way of a life-time as an Historian and Collector it was the Privilege of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx to become a good friend of Frederick Hart. Illustrated below is a photograph of Raleigh Degeer Amyx and the Famed Sculptor, Frederick Hart. They visited back and forth and occasionally traded Manuscripts for Art. Amyx was interested in the Sculptures of Hart and he was interested in Manuscripts from The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection, provided they were Signed by Czar Nicholas, The Last Czar of Russia. In addition to that, Mr. Hart had a keen interest in anything of Historic Pertinence with a direct connection to The Last Czar of Russia. Winged Vison shown above represents one of those Important Trades between the two Historians.

the raleigh degeer amyx collection|frederick hart|hart and amyx|frederick hart home|raleigh degeer amyx|RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX AT HOME WITH FREDERICK HART- 1996

In order to have a clearer grasp of the Magnificence of the Heart and Mind of Frederick Hart perhaps it is best to take a moment and see the Majestic Creations that emanated from him.

the national cathedral|frederick hart|raleigh degeer amyx|THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL - WASHINGTON D.C. - SOME OF FREDERICK HART'S MOST STUNNING CREATIONS CAN BE SEEN BOTH WITHIN THE CATHEDRAL AS WELL AS IN MANY PLACES SURROUNDING IT

the vietnam wall|frederick hart|raleigh degeer amyx|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|THE THREE SOLDIERS - IN BRONZE - LIFE SIZE CREATION OF SIGNIFICANT MERIT - THE VIETNAM WALL - BY THE MASTER FREDERICK HART

ralegih degeer amyx|frederick hart|hart studio|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|amyx and hart|MAY 28TH, 1997 - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX AND SCULPTOR FREDERICK HART MEET AT "CHESLEY" - THE HOME AND STUDIO OF MR. HART - THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN APROXIMATELY THE SAME TIME THAT THE LARGE CROSS OF THE SON OF GOD WAS ABOUT TO BE PERSONALLY PRESENTED TO POPE JOHN PAUL BY FREDERICK HART WHERE HE WAS RECEIVED, BY THE POPE, AT THE VATICAN

the american heritage collection|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|raleigh degeer amyx|HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX 2010 - AND OWNER OF ABOVE TOP -"WINGED VISON"-  BY FREDERICK HART - AS PRESENTED TO MR. AMYX BY THE MASTER SCULPTOR IN THE 1990'S

 




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