Frederic A. Crist

I was given my Grandfather’s camera at the age of 12 in 1963. After high school I attended Philadelphia College of Art (presently University of the Arts) in 1974. While there I began to document my work as a sculptor, still self taught in photography, though gleaning information from fellow students. Upon graduation with a BFA in sculpture in 1977 I began working at Samuel Yellin Metalworkers in Philadelphia,PA. This studio renowned for its excellence in hand forged metalworks dating back to 1906, was to be my training ground for the next eleven years. With a wealth of photographic documentation of ironwork, I began making images of the work we executed over 11 years. Filling the position of house photographer, as well as master blacksmith.

After leaving the Yellin Studios I set up a partnership and for 18 years we completed numerous commissions for private and corporate entities. In 1999-2000 I received a Virginia Museum Fellowship in Sculpture . During that time I spent a week at Rose Industries an industrial forge shop in Cleveland ,Ohio, forging larger scale works. We received the Craftsmanship Award from the Virginia and West Virginia Chapters of the AIA for works in forged metals. On going exhibitions at The Reynolds Gallery in Richmond Va. and Franz Bader Gallery in Washington DC continued the sculptural works and commissions. Some of which included Richmond Times Building in Richmond, Va; Norfolk Academy in Norfolk ,Va.; John and Robyn Horn Collection in Little Rock AR; John Allen Collection in Buchannon WVA; and a new sculpture for Massey Cancer Center in Richmond VA.

2001 I had 2 solo exhibitions, at Agora Gallery in New York City and at Photo Arts Gallery in Charlottesville VA. Over the past 19 years I have continued to concentrate on photography working with models, creating abstract and figurative images. Mostly showing in group exhibitions in California and New York. In 2018 recent exhibitions include Blank Wall Gallery,Athens Greece, LACDA Gallery, Los Angeles, California,South East Center for Photography Contemporary Nude. All the new work is digital, which again allows me control of the image and printing. My work is regularly on exhibit at Michael Tusing Gallery in Staunton ,VA. and Page Bond Gallery in Richmond Va.

In 2007 I established a new independent studio to concentrate on more individual projects. In the past thirteen years I have completed 8 major residential commissions. Exhibitions have included a 2 person show at Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA 2009 ; a group exhibition at the American University Art Museum, Washington DC in 2009-10 ; a group exhibition at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington DC in 2009-2010 and a group exhibition at the Historical Society in Washington, DC in 2010. In 2012 I went to Ukraine to an international blacksmithing conference to make a sculpture, I am presently completing a new series of sculpture for an exhibition in 2020, and teaching most recently at Peters Valley Center for the Crafts in NJ, Touchstone Center for the Crafts in Farmington, PA and Center for Metal Arts in Florida, NY.
Recent Publications include a portfolio in The Metal Design International 2014 and Beauty in the Shadows, Ironwork in the Washington Cathedral by Nol Putnam.

Artist’s Statement

Over the years I have come to the conclusion that for me Photography is both a tool and an art. I view my work as documentary on a personal level. I record the events in my life and studio. Works that I create and people who pass through. I work with sculptures, I work with architectural works, drawings, paintings and I work with nude models. All part of a process which I record through photography.

Each image captures a moment in time, never to be seen again. With models I create a format. Supply them with ideas, props and a time limit. I document the process hoe they interpret it and how it evolves.

With an end product of a volume of images developed around a single idea using different models perspectives. With this in mind I document a series of events created around one theme. Simply a series of moments.