A beloved sage in the vibrant Frederick, MD art community, Homer Yost has been drawing and sculpting for more than four decades. His work is a love affair with the human form, the classical subject of artists for centuries. Narratives about his personal world and the larger world are conveyed in the subtle gestures or posture of his subject. He describes his work as “figurative humanism,” and captures more than a representational likeness. He captures the essence of their spirit in drawings and sculpture.
Homer received his undergraduate degree in humanities at Upsala College in East Orange, NJ in 1977. Yost then studied figure drawing and sculpture with Sigmund Abeles at the University of New Hampshire - Durham in the late 1970’s. In the 1980’s he studied with the New York sculptor Peter Agostini at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he completed his MFA in 1984. Yost was an artist-in-residence in Cortona, Italy with the University of Georgia at Athens in 1986. Homer has completed many private commissions, as well as commissions for churches. He has exhibited his work at galleries and colleges in many states around the United States, as well as in England and Italy.
“This exhibition is a retrospective of my drawings and sculptures. Many of the drawings have never been exhibited on gallery walls. All my work in this exhibition is of solitary female figures. For more than four decades I have worked with women, exploring the forms of their bodies, their psychology, and their character.”
“To some of my work, I have attached mythological or Biblical themes, usually leaning toward the tragic. For instance, I did a series of sculptures of Iphigenia, the daughter of the Greek King Agamemnon. She was sacrificed by her father, so that he could be victorious against the Trojans.
I can say that I have never been bored or complacent with the female figure as the core of my artistic inspiration.”
- Homer Yost
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