Fred Schlatter was educated as a fine artist and sculptor. Rarely will you find someone who produces the kind of work that he does. In addition to producing sculpture, he is a Graphic Designer who executes projects in wood and metal. His carved signs and architectural fine art carvings, hand sculpted and often combined with wrought steelwork, have for the past 40 plus years garnered international attention. Fred Schlatter's hand carved signs have also appeared in various publications, including Good Housekeeping's Country Living, Sunset Magazine, National Motorist, SignCraft Magazine, and Woodezine.
While hand carved signs have made up many of his commissions, he has also been privately commissioned to produce a large variety other items such as doors and sculptures in addition to figureheads, name boards and transoms for private and corporate yachts.
This ArtSlant page features his current “Woodies Series” sculptural work, as well as other small objects d'art and also a few examples of other styles of sculptural work from various periods. For those interested in seeing more examples of his sculptural work, sign work, or jewelry, please visit his web site, www.carvedgraphics.net
"My love of antique and classic automobiles, especially for the Woodies which were mainly built up until the early 50's, has become the inspiration for my current body of wooden sculptural work.
I combine antique automotive body parts, chrome and other automobile details with wood working to create my current sculptural "Woodies Series" pieces".
My approach to producing these pieces are a combination of "restoration, innovation, and re-creation".
Fred Schlatter, Wood Sculptor
While visiting my portfolio, you will notice that some of my older precious metal, exotic wood, and bejeweled object d’art pieces employed the occasional use of small inlays of ivory.
I acquired a very small amount of already old reclaimed/recycled ivory around forty years ago, along with a small amount of mammoth ivory (mostly pieces of what are called mammoth ivory bark) which today is completely legal, as they come from animals which were hunted and and/or died back in the Pleistocene, some 25 to 35 thousand years ago.
I very strongly believe in the current moratorium on illegal ivory trade, and will only use what small remnants of old ivory; mammoth or otherwise that I still have, from my old stash. I will no longer purchase ivory unless it is from an extinct legal mega fauna supply.
All images contained herein are Copyright Fred Schlatter. Please credit the artist and link back to this site when reposting for blogs etc. Images may not be reproduced in whole or in part for commercial use without express permission, in writing, from the artist. To request permission, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissions: (Partial list)
City of Benicia, CA, Main Street Downtown Signs
City of Alameda, CA, Historic Business District Signs
San Francisco, CA, Pier 39, Welcome Sign
San Francisco, CA, Hornblower Yachts, Ferryboat Santa Rosa
Village of Rossmoor, CA, Medical Clinic Entrance
Benicia, CA, Chamber of Commerce
Berkeley, CA, Chamber of Commerce
Napa, CA, Chamber of Commerce
Port Huron, MI, USCG, Hollyhock WLB-214
Berkeley, CA, Franciscan School of Theology
Benicia, CA, Exxon Corp. 25th and 30th anniversary
White Plains, NY, Dannon Corporate Headquarters
Ventura CA, Coastal Marine Biolabs
San Jose State University, Associated Students House
Corporate and Private Collections: (Partial list)
James and Judith Flint, Carmichael, CA
Fritz and Catherine Finger, Louisville, KY
Michael and Sarah Samberg, Nashville, TN
Dr. Marc Schlatter, Grand Rapids, MI
Alicia Chapman, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Jemrose Vineyards, Santa Rosa, CA
Dr. Francis Dulava, Redding, CA
Goodhousekeeping’s Country Living, Summer 1979
Sunset Magazine, 1984
SignCraft, 2001, 2002, and 2003
Woodezine, Vol. 3, 2005, and Vol. 6, 2008
2013 Knock on Wood, Blue Line Arts Gallery, Roseville, California
2013 Gems II (small works art show), Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia, California
2013 Art of a Community, Arts Benicia Gallery; Benicia, California
2012 Art of a Community, Arts Benicia Gallery; Benicia, California
2011 Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance, San Rafael, California
2011 Art of a Community, Arts Benicia Gallery; Benicia, California
2010 Art of the Automobile, Art Works Downtown Gallery; San Rafael, California
2010 Art of a Community, Arts Benicia Gallery; Benicia, California
2009 Art of a Community, Arts Benicia Gallery; Benicia, California
2008 Art of a Community, Arts Benicia Gallery; Benicia, California
Awards and recognitions:
Solano County Fair, 2011 First Place, Fine Art, Sculpture
Solano County Fair, 2011 Third Place, Fine Art, Sculpture
Artslant, 3rd 2011 Showcase Winner
Artslant, 4th 2012 Showcase Juried Winner
Artslant, 7th 2013 Showcase Winner