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Written by Linda Palacios   
Thursday, 13 May 2010 22:11

Metallic Creations
This local artist changed career paths from a seemingly opposite occupation, but he merged the two together to create a unique style. Discover how his creativity blends with his knack for science.

Born and raised in the Queen City, Nicholas Yust went to the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati for fine arts and art history. But after two and a half years, the lack of a "technical challenge" left him bored.


After adding math and science electives to his course load, Yust realized that engineering would give him that technical challenge he had been missing. So he transferred to Wright State University to major in material engineering and work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.


At the air force base, Yust worked with metals to develop an alloy with a low melting point, and he even helped build a machine still used at Wright State to test metals. So after proving his intelligence and skill, Wright-Patterson offered to pay his way through a master's degree in metallurgical science, which basically is the science of metal.


Sometime along his path toward his master's Yust saw a metal triptych, and that chance meeting brought Yust back to his artistic side. While the triptych was too expensive for Yust, he realized that he could probably make one himself with the machines he used every day at the air force base. He was right.


As he displayed his piece of metal work, more and more people requested one for themselves, but Yust just kept his art as a hobby through earning his degree and then being hired as a contractor for General Electric.


The turning point came when GE offered him a full-time job. GE had a policy that workers switching from contract workers to full-time employees had to take a mandatory 16-week hiatus from the company. And it was in those 16 weeks that Yust started grinding out his metal work.


By the time that he started back at GE, Yust almost had a second income from his metallic creations, and it was only a matter of three years before he had to ask himself, "Should I stay or should I go?"


He left GE in October 2008. And he took off!


Now, just a year and a half after that monumental decision, Yust ships his artwork worldwide on a daily basis. And he's just moving into a brand new 3,500-square-foot studio that meets his needs better than the one he has outgrown. Yust even is opening an 800-square-foot gallery in the space so that he can showcase his work and the work of other local artists.


His work ranges from wall art to free-standing metal sculptures to home accents, but his favorite type of piece to create is definitely the wall art, he says. He grinds metal to create patterns for which he has come to be known.


And just as he developed a machine for Wright State, he developed his own machine and process to color the metals he uses, so this exact technique is not used by any other metal worker in the world.


One of the best parts about the job, though? Yust isn't bored. In fact, he has so many ideas and sources of inspiration that he just can't work fast enough to put all of his thoughts into works.


To learn more about Yust or to check out more of his work, head to And be sure to stay tuned for his gallery grand opening in late June.



Photos courtesy of Nicholas Yust

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