Frederick Elliott Hart (June 7, 1943 in Atlanta, Georgia - August 13, 1999 in Baltimore, Maryland) was an American sculptor, best known for his public monuments and works of art in bronze, marble, and clear acrylic (a technique he coined as "sculpting with light").
Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in South Carolina, he was an opponent of most contemporary art, thinking it motivated by political rather than aesthetic reasons. As a proponent of realism, he was made an honorary member of The American Society of Classical Realism Guild of Artists.
Just before his premature death from lung cancer in 1999, he built his 17,000 square-foot dream home "Chesley," on 250 acres of land in Virginia. This mansion was intended to be an artists' retreat to nourish traditional, classical values and refute modernist trends that he said allowed anything to be called art.
He endured several legal battles including the use of his "Three
Soldiers" on a souvenir without his permission and a lawsuit
with Time-Warner over the "demonizing" of his creation