Nicholas Yust is a Cincinnati Ohio native, born in 1978. His education, professional experience and developed gifts have made him uniquely qualified to be one of the premier contemporary metal artists of our day. Upon completion of high school, Nicholas took courses at the University of Cincinnati's school of Design Art Architecture and Planning.
Nicholas Yust is a Cincinnati Ohio native, born in 1978. His education, professional experience and developed gifts have made him uniquely qualified to be one of the premier contemporary metal artists of our day. Upon completion of high school, Nicholas took courses at the University of Cincinnati's school of Design Art Architecture and Planning. During the first 2 years of college he studied Fine Art and Art History with an interest in abstract art, oil pastels and interior architecture. As his passion for math and science grew, he shifted his studies from art to engineering, finishing college with a bachelor's degree in materials engineering and a master's degree in metallurgical engineering. His subsequent career led him to researching superconductivity applications for directed high-energy weapon systems as he interned and worked for the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB. It was at this time that Nicholas first experimented with sheets of aluminum: cutting, bending and grinding decorative patterns into them. Within just a few days of this initial experimentation Nicholas built a custom triptych of ultra-modern, heavily ground aluminum panels to use as the focal point of his redecorated living room. His friends and relatives marveled at the creative minimalist appearance and uniqueness of the artwork. The overwhelming response inspired him to build several more wall-hanging abstract metal sculptures, which put him on the path to the development of his remarkable abilities. As he continued to create wall panels he began experimenting with freestanding sculptures as well, combining unique cuts, colors, bends, curves and finishes to bring the metallic structures to life.
With all of the fine detail, creative structure, precise symmetry, and contemporary appeal that has become synonymous with Nicholas’s artwork; the most impressive, defining element of Nicholas’ work is the unique signature grind patterns along with a wide range of transparent acrylics and patinas. These color techniques allow Nicholas’s grind patterns to be seen through a spectrum of colors, creating an indescribable holographic effect.
As his collection grew and storage space dwindled, he decided to begin selling off a lot of his work. The subsequent success and demand for more began to pull his attention from his engineering career toward a full focus on artwork. Nicholas left General Electric Aviation in 2008 to pursue his professional career as an abstract metal artist. This career move has allowed Nicholas to spend much more time designing and creating his artwork. In 2010 he built a 3500 sq-ft fabrication studio where he creates large and small-scale metal sculptures. In 2015 Nicholas had outgrown his studio and ultimately turned it into a display area. His fabrication studio was relocated to a larger neighboring industrial space of 12,000 sq-ft to accommodate his need for larger equipment and capabilities.
Nicholas is currently living in Cincinnati and working full time out of his metal studio. His work is exhibited at top fine art and craft shows across the United States, and in Europe. Nicholas has been commissioned to create large scale corporate artwork for many fortune 500 companies and multiple government agencies including the DOE and DOD. His work has been purchased for television shows on ABC, NBC, VH1, A&E, DYI and SYFY networks. Although the largest concentration can be found in the United States, Nicholas currently has collectors in over 40 countries with an extensive following in Australia as well.
During his career as a professional artist, Nicholas has had many opportunities to contribute to charitable organizations. Nicholas currently donates approximately 20 pieces of original artwork and a portion of his revenue each year to organizations including St. Judes, Homes for our Troops, SPCA, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Cincinnati Community ToolBank, Reds Community Fund, CET Cincinnati, Talbert House, The Junior Arthritis Foundation and Hospice. In 2014 Nicholas began offering scholarship awards through national design competitions that he facilitates in collaboration with many colleges and universities.
Like Norman Rockwell, Seuss personally created every rough sketch, preliminary drawing, final line drawing and finished work for each page of every project he illustrated. Despite the technical and budgetary limitations of color printing during the early and mid-twentieth century, Dr. Seuss the artist was meticulous about color selection. He created specially numbered color charts and elaborate color call-outs to precisely accomplish his vision for each book. Saturated reds and blues, for example, were carefully chosen for The Cat in the Hat to attract and maintain the visual attention of a six-year-old audience. By the time Seuss’s book career took off, sharp draftsman skills were evident in drawings. His ability to move a storyline ahead via illustrations filled with tension, movement and color became a hallmark component of his work, and the surreal images that unfolded over six decades became the catalyst for a humorous and inspired learning experience.
Artist Leo Rijn, the inaugural sculptor for the Dr. Seuss Tribute Collection I, was selected to launch this project due to his prized work with some of today’s top talent in the world of film, entertainment and the visual arts (including Tim Burton, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg). Rijn has been identified as one of today’s brightest sculpting talents because of his ability to breathe life into the written word and successfully transform two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional works of art. Universal Studios commissioned Leo to develop and oversee the creation of numerous maquette scale models for the Monumental Dr. Seuss Sculptures at Seuss Landing in Orlando, Florida. Leo was instrumental in the art direction for many of the sculpted characters and buildings now on display at this permanent Seuss attraction. His strikingly accurate Seuss works embody a masterful and intuitive Seussian sensibility, establishing him as a leading talent in interpretive sculpting.
Seuss embarked on an ingenious project in the early 1930s as he evolved from two-dimensional artworks to three-dimensional sculptures. What was most unusual for these mixed-media sculptures was the use of real animal parts including beaks, antlers and horns from deceased Forest Park Zoo animals where Seuss’s father was superintendent. Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy was born in a cramped New York apartment and included a menagerie of inventive creatures with names like the “Two Horned Drouberhannis,” “Andulovian Grackler,” and “Semi-Normal Green-Lidded Fawn.” Shortly after Seuss created this unique collection of artworks, Look Magazine dubbed Seuss “The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.” To this day, Seuss’s Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy remains as some of the finest examples of his inventive and multi-dimensional creativity.
Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Seuss created a body of irrepressible work that redefines this American icon as an iconographic American artist. Yet, the Secret Art often shows a side of the artist that most readers, familiar with him through his classic children’s books, have never seen. This collection, created over a period of more than 60 years, encompasses the entirety of Seuss’s multi-dimensional talent. The artistic golden thread highlighted throughout this collection is apparent in each wildly imaginative and surreal Secret Art image. The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss is an inimitable collection of artworks created at night for his own personal enjoyment. These works were rarely, if ever, exhibited during his lifetime and provide a deeper glimpse into the art and life of this celebrated American Icon.