Southern California artist, Lance Jost is known for his astute sense of tradition and constant quest for innovation and craftsmanship in art, specializing in architectural sculpture at California State University at Long Beach under Professor Ken Glenn, apprentice to famed monumental sculptor, Ivan Mestervic of Chicago. While completing his masters’ thesis on ceramic shell molding (now exclusively used in artistic foundry work) and in order to be able to cast sculpture in bronze, Jost built the bronze casting foundry at California State University at Fullerton. Jost was honored to be asked by the famed sculptor, Felix de Weldon (creator of the Iwo Jima World War II Memorial), which depicts U.S. Marines hoisting their flag, to assist him in his later projects.
Jost's current project is a 10ft H x 10ft W bronze sculpture of a Lancer on his horse, and was commissioned by California Baptist University in Riverside, California. The art piece will be delivered by the foundry to the university on April 24, 2017 and dedicated on May 4, 2017.
Jost's talents cover a wide range of media. The famous Electric Lady Mural, commissioned by Jimi Hendrix’ recording studio in Greenwich Village in New York City, New York, has recently received public acclaim. When asked to create the futuristic spaceship mural for the rock legend in 1970, Jost responded by producing the 100-foot long painting, which is now considered to be the “prime example of 60’s mural work,” according to Juxtapose Magazine. The recent April 2010 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine features Jimi’s input and involvement with the mural.
Jost was commissioned by the City of Dana Point in August 2008 to create two large mosaics for the pedestrian bridge that spans over Pacific Coast Highway at Doheny Beach. The murals consist of colored glass tile, carved stone for the cliffs, and cast glass, showcasing “Surfers at Sunset” and “Breaching Whales.” The dedication was held in June 2009 where they unveiled the bridge.
Jost additionally completed and delivered a 3½ foot wide bronze bible for CalBaptist University in Riverside, California, and created mosaics of authentic local undersea scenes, along with a cast bronze relief sculpt of surfers in the tube in the Mary Ellen Thomas Memorial Fountain in Dana Point’s La Plaza Park in 2011.
Lance Jost recently completed the 15 Stations of the Cross for Saddleback Church’s Retreat at Rancho Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, located in a serene setting up on the hill behind the lake at the Retreat.