Artwork of the Day: Striations, Nicholas Yust
Nicholas explains that “Striations” is a combination of mixed metals with different grind textures and heat tints, producing energetic earth tones that burst from the work depending on how much light is focused on the surface.
Nicholas’ high-flying career as a metal artist began with the United States Air Force, where he designed an experimental electro-polishing fixture and experimented with bending, cutting and grinding decorative aluminum panels. Transferring from the University of Cincinnati School of Design to Wright State University to study engineering and pursue more technical interests, he interned and worked at the USAF’s Wright Patterson AFB researching superconductivity and thin film coated conductors, and graduated with a B.S. in materials engineering and a M.S. in metallurgical engineering.
After developing my first wall sculptures from aluminum panels, I began to design free standing sculptures and developed over a 30 unique grind patterns which have become signature characteristics of my work. To add color to my pieces, I experimented with transparent coating to allow my unique grind patterns to be seen through a spectrum of colors. This evolved into the invention of an atomized acrylic painting process for metal, and I remain the only metal artist in the industry with this capability.
Nicholas has exhibited and sold his work in local, national and international galleries, as well art shows and expos including Artexpo New York, and in 2011 he opened his own gallery in Cincinnati.
Currently Nicholas is the process of expanding his studio from 1200 to over 3500 square feet to accomodate the increasing custom orders for large-scale abstract metal wall hanging sculptures, free standing sculptures, special interior metal treatments and company logos. He has contributed to several large-scale charity projects and has received commissions for monumental designs for many corporations and restaurants.