~ Commissioned Sculpture ~
~ Frudakis ~
Two Generations of Sculpture
Although uncommon, families of artists are not unprecedented in American art. One can only think of the famous Peale family of the early nineteenth century or, closer to our time, the Wyeths of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. There are others as well, and it is not unreasonable to assume that artistic talent involves a genetic component of some kind. The Frudakis family of sculptors certainly possesses such talent, but what sets them apart is a conscious striving for excellence that has been conditioned by their experience as Greek Americans. Reverence for the American Dream has led each of them to excel in their own way.
Confidence in their innate gifts, hard work and unwavering faith in the opportunities afforded by life in America have enabled each of the Frudakises to claim a place among the leading sculptors of the classical tradition.
The Greek spirit in art seems to draw little distinction between imaginary subjects and real ones, so long as they are well observed and truthfully expressed. Each of the Frudakises has striven to become a master of technique while pursuing his or her own vision of what good sculpture should embody. Highly esteemed in ancient Greece, the concept of individual excellence has been not only encouraged, but actively fostered in America, where we subscribe to the belief that hard work and merit is the key to success. Although our present climate of postmodern cynicism tends to cast doubt on this hopeful idea, we have only to examine the Frudakises’ story -and their art- to know that worthy dreams may still be realized in this country.
V. Scott Dimond
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley
Dad and I at the Laran foundry
September 15, 2018.
To whom it may concern:
From concept through the Dedication of Emlen Tunnell’s Statue, Jennifer Frudakis Petry worked seamlessly with the Sports Legends of Delaware County to create a masterpiece! Challenged with creating a 7’ bronze statue of World War II hero and the first African American to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Jennifer left no stone unturned to know her subject and listen carefully to members of “Team Tunnell”, as she applied her magnificent talents to assure the final product would properly recognize a local and nation icon. Jennifer Frudakis Petry met and exceeded all of our expectations. It was a personal honor to work with such an accomplished Sculptor. I look forward to future subjects deserving to be cast in Bronze by Jennifer’s unique talent.
Phil Damiani, Chairman
The Emlen Tunnell Statue Committee
"I write to recommend to you Jennifer Frudakis, who recently completed an important commission for the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art's 35th-anniversary celebration. We asked Jennifer to create a life-size portrait in bronze depicting our Founder Reverend Sean M. Sullivan, T.O.R. and she delivered an excellent likeness with which all parties were pleased.
We found Jennifer to be thoroughly professional in all respects, she framed her terms clearly, established a timetable for completion and handled communications with the foundry and pedestal makers. She met all her deadlines and kept us regularly informed of her progress. In sum, I give Jennifer my highest recommendation."
Curator for Visual Arts
In Port Richmond, Twin Studios For Father And Daughter Sculptors article from Hidden City Philadelphia by Theresa Stigale
Founder of Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art
Reverend Sean M. Sullivan, T.O.R