(Dust jacket notes: "Welcome to the world of Direct Wax Sc...)
Dust jacket notes: "Welcome to the world of Direct Wax Sculpture. For those who venture into this old medium - a favorite of the Renaissance sculptors, but only recently 're-discovered' - a whole new world of experience awaits you. The tactile sensation of working in wax is different from that of other sculpture media. Its responsiveness to temperature, its sensitivity to touch and its honesty in response to detail gives it a sense of immediacy. For those seeking to express themselves in a personal and fluid medium, nothing can surpass wax. Just the heat of your hands will soften it and a dash of cold water will harden it and, best of all, if not subjected to extreme heat it can last forever. For the sculptor who wants a medium for quick sketches that retain his freshness of concept, nothing is superior to wax. In this book we start with the simplest projects and explore the possibilites of our medium and, gradually, through the different techniques possible with wax, we are working in the most advanced and sophisticated areas of sculpture. As wax is a transient medium, Mr. Eliscu takes us to the ultimate destination of wax, the foundry, and finally to the bronze itself. In other words, from the sculptor's fingers to the finished bronze, we can follow it all in this book...."
Frank Eliscu graduated from Pratt Institute in 1931 and from New York Teacher's College in 1942. He was awarded a permanent teaching certificate in 1944.
In 1941, Mr. Eliscu apprenticed with Rudolph Evans and worked with him on the sculpting of the statue of Thomas Jefferson for the Jefferson Memorial.
Frank Eliscu served in the army in World War II from 1942 to 1945.
He worked as a teacher, School of Industrial Art, NYC (currently called the High School of Art and Design) from 1945 to 1970. As a sculptor, Eliscu had his first one-man show in 1929 at age 17. From there, Eliscu went on to a career that brought him international fame.
Mr. Eliscu created a great number of sculptures, medals, award for the Caring Institute to give annually to the most caring people in America (1988). His work has been exhibited in many places, starting with the Clay Club of New York in 1935. He repeatedly exhibited at the Architectural League of New York, Wellons Gallery, and the National Sculpture Society.
He has permanent exhibits at Brookgreen Gardens since 1955, Jewel Headley Museum since 1962, Omar Bradley Freedom Shrine since 1977, Ringling Museum since 1982, Alan Shepard Mercury 7 Hall of Fame since 1991 and at Caring Institute Hall of Fame since 1992.
Fellow Sculpture Society (president 1967-1970). Member Architectural League New York (vice president sculpture, silver medal 1958), Sculpture Center New York.
Married Mildred Norman, May 3, 1942. 1 child, Norma Eliscu Banas.