Artists

Fred "NALL" Hollis

Nall

Nall, who was born in Troy, Alabama, in 1948, is a modern day Renaissance man who has created extraordinary works of art for 50 years living entirely from his art. A multi-talented fine artist, he has traveled the world studying diverse cultures and exploring art, architecture and indigenous craft. Although classically trained, Nall is not a conventional artist who follows tradition regarding use of media, style or subject. Recent retrospective exhibitions of Nall’s work were exhibited at the Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama, Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida, Menton Museum of Art, Menton, France, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, the Museum of St. Augustine, Pietrasanta, Italy, and the National Arts Club, New York City. The artwork in the exhibitions included finely detailed drawings from his “Alice in Wonderland” series, remarkable botanical paintings and prints, complex mosaics, graphite portraits encased in elaborate frames, intricate line engravings and masterful watercolors. In addition to fine art, Nall’s exceptional talent extends to commissions in R. Haviland and C. Parlon of Limoges porcelain, Murano glassware and jewelry as well as having his artwork chosen for a recent series of official postage stamps for the Principality of Monaco. In 2005, the artist was selected by the Puccini Festival Foundation to design the sets, costumes lighting for “La Fancuilla del West” (“The Golden Girl of the West”) in Torre del Lago, Italy, as part of its “Sculpting the Opera” program. The opera was so successful that the Puccini Festival commissioned Nall to do another opera, “La Rondine” which according to La Republica, was the best production in the history of their 50 year repertoires. Nall has created Nall Foundation and the N.A.L.L. Art Association, which helps educate young artists, writers and musicians with a sober work ethic and establishment into the real world.

Huo Bao Zhu

Nall

Dr. Huo Bao Zhu is a longtime friend of Troy University and owner of China’s Shaanxi Yuan Kun Sculptural Arts company. While his foundry is based in Xi’an, China, Dr. Huo’s sculptures can be found around the globe. In 2002, TROY felt Dr. Huo’s generosity when he gave TROY the first round of many sculptures—“Trojan Warriors,” “The Statue of Li Po” (created in honor of a famous Tang poet), a replica of Rodin’s “The Thinker” and several terracotta warrior bronze sculptures— all of which can be found on the Troy Campus. In view of his outstanding contribution and dedication to art achievement, Dr. Huo received his honorary doctorate from TROY in 2014.

Frank Marquette

Nall

For the past 25 years Frank Marquette has been a commercial artist and industrial designer creating environments and sculpture for a long list of clients both private and corporate. Starting off on the American West Coast constructing water features he eventually found himself in New Zealand operating his creative construction company building movie sets for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings franchise and consulting Walt Disney Imagineering about new theme park attractions. The artistic and design disciplines Marquette has embraced over these years have focused mainly on environmental simulation. Always striving to create an atmosphere supporting a story or a special setting has been his life's challenge and reward.

With an appreciation of the integration of opposites, or at least a blending of concepts that may appear at first to be unexpectedly complimentary, Marquette looks for a dramatic clash of ideas and elements that give birth to extraordinary transformations. When it works, these treatments demonstrate an underlying fit that lies hidden behind the seemingly incongruent complexity.

As an artist, Marquette reflects back and witnesses how his creations over the years have been an evolving expression of his connection to life. Marquette feels a growing awareness with the ever expanding range of experiences life has presented and tries to integrate these into the next creation, the next moment.

Elana Hagler

Nall

Elana Hagler was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and immigrated to the United States at the age of five. She received a Bachelor of Arts in both studio art and psychology from Brandeis University in Boston, and continued her studies for two years at the Master Class of the Jerusalem Studio School and in Umbria, Italy. She, then, received her Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Elana has won multiple prizes in painting and drawing and has exhibited her work across the United States and internationally. She has taught fine art at Cornell College, the Delaware College of Art and Design and at Swarthmore College. She lives and teaches in Montgomery, Alabama, and is a staff writer for the popular art blog Painting Perceptions.

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