Sculpture Inspired by The Greek Golden Age
Anthony P. Frudakis is a nationally recognized sculptor who excels in creating art in a contemporary representational, yet classical mode. He draws inspiration from his Greek heritage and the genius of the Golden Age of Greek sculpting. His bronze figures, both human and animal, are his milieu. The artist creates art full-time from his studio in Jerome, Michigan.
Tower’s Angel, bronze, 21″h x 6″w x 5″d.
Frudakis is the recipient of the First Place Cash Award and the Featured Artist Award, a one-year membership in the Manhattan Arts International online gallery. His art was chosen from several hundred entries from artists world-wide to to “The Healing Power of ART” juried exhibition.
He was selected for these awards for his entries “Angel at 9/11″ and “Restoration” both shown on this page.
Restoration, bronze, 23″h x 10″w x 7″d.
When the artist submitted his entries, he supplied this statement: “Both works submitted are empathic responses to recent tragedies Katrina (Restoration) and 9/11 (Tower’s Angel). Restoration emphasizes the hope of renewal symbolized by the oak branch she holds that is to be replanted. Tower’s Angel represented by a powerful up reaching figure reminds us of the strength & timelessness of the human spirit.”
This year’s theme for the exhibition is “Inspiring The Positive” and as soon as I saw Frudakis’ entries I knew he was a perfect choice for the Manhattan Arts International awards. His superior technical skills, commitment to creating art with an inspirational impact, and his numerous outstanding career achievements are a winning combination.
Andromeda, bronze, Andromeda- 28″h x 16″w x 16″d.
As a child Frudakis acquired his artistic knowledge from his father, Evangelos Frudakis, a sculptor, and his mother, Virginia, a painter. He was born in Bellows Falls, Vermont in 1953, but soon after the family moved to southern New Jersey. When he graduated from high school he discovered his love of sculpting at Duke University. After a year at the university the artist returned home where he worked as an apprentice to his father for several years before attending the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, he opened his studio in New Jersey before moving to Hillsdale in 1991.
Now living in Jackson County with his wife Vivian, the family enjoys the beauty and serenity of the region and the friendship of colleagues, friends and neighbors.
Adam, bronze, Adam- 21″h x 5″w x 10″d.
Frudakis’ works can be found in many private and public collections. He has created numerous monumental statues found throughout the Mid-West depicting mythological and spiritual figures as well historical figures, most notably George Washington for Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, Socrates for Athens Park in New York City, and Thomas Jefferson for Council Bluff Iowa’s Thomas Jefferson High School. Other recent commissions include sculptures of Ronald Reagan, Monumental Bronze, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan; Rosa Parks, Bronze, Life-Size, Flint, Michigan, and Abraham Lincoln, Monumental Bronze, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan.
Beachcomer, bronze, 21.5″ h x 8″ w x 8″ d.
The National Sculpture Society and the National Academy of Design have both recognized the sculptor’s talent by presenting him with top awards including the Gold Medal and the Daniel Chester French awards, respectively. He is also the recipient of: 12th International ARC Salon Competition, Art Renewal Center, N.J.; Finalist, Amelia Earhart Statue Competition, Capitol Building, Washington D.C.; and Finalist, Rosa Parks Statue Competition, Capitol Building, Washington D.C.
In addition to being selected for Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” online exhibition, Frudakis’ many recent exhibitions include those at Ella Sharp Museum of Art, Mich.; Nails in the Cross Gallery, Metuchen, N.J.; and a one-person show at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI.
About the Beachcomer, above, Mila Andre, from New York Daily News, stated: … she is so sensual and innocent at the same time that it is almost like an ode to maidenhood”.
Banner image: Reflections, bronze sculpture, 10″h x 17″ w x 8″d.
Visit Anbthony P. Frudakis’ website at www.frudakis.com