Rigsby Frederick, founding owner of the Rigsby Frederick Salon & Gallery is a native of south Louisiana and a 38-year veteran of the beauty industry. A creatively inspired man with many talents, Frederick is known not only as a platform artist, educator, and mentor, but also as an award-winning sculptor, furniture and lighting designer, photographer, and landscape artist. His inspirations stem from a deep respect of nature, the human form, ethnicity, and primitive cultures, specifically Wabi Sabi (a Japanese aesthetics concept centered around transience and imperfection) and Feng Shui (a Chinese philosophy of harmonizing with one’s surroundings).
Rigsby Frederick built the salon with the belief that owner supervision, training, and mentorship is fundamental to having a thriving, successful business with a dedicated artistic team. In his constant and passionate pursuit of excellence, Frederick stays focused on developing the talent he hires. With an average of 30 employees over the last 30 years, the Salon’s educational system and advanced training seminars have helped promote and empower young hairdressers to explore and expand their skillsets. Rigsby Frederick Salon & Gallery has received accolades within the beauty industry, such as being ranked one of the Top 200 Salons In The US by Salon Today, along with features in numerous major publications in the fashion and beauty industry, including Lucky, InStyle, American Salon, Modern Salon, Elle Beauty, and Passion Magazine. Frederick’s successful methodology is sought out by his peers and he consults with salon owners and industry professionals from around the world on how to innovate and improve salon business practices.
Frederick also enjoys great success in the art and design world. Much of his work can be characterized by his unique ability to create figurative elegance with organic sophistication, while maintaining the essence of the raw material. He has effortlessly merged his passion for hair with sculpture, giving himself a niche that is unanimously appreciated by the beauty industry’s top leaders.
Frederick was honored when asked to create a sculpture for the President of the most influential organization in the hairdressing industry, Intercoiffure Mondial. Maurice Franc was presented with the sculpture at a ceremony in New York by the organization’s America/Canada division. The piece resides in The House of Nations in Paris, France. Frederick was also selected by Intercoiffure Mondial to represent North America at an international art and sculpture show in Berlin, Germany and Paris, France, where his work was shown alongside accomplished artists from 27 other countries. Frederick was commissioned by the Neill Corporation to create a unique sculpture titled Edwin Neill Full Potential Award to honor the passing of an industry leader, Edwin Neill. The award was revealed at the Serious Business Legends & Icons Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The sculpture travels each year to be displayed at the top ranked Aveda Institute around the United States.
Outside of the beauty industry, Frederick’s sculptures and installations are among the collections of local and international art lovers, including the Louisiana State University Museum of Art; Shaw Center for the Arts in Louisiana’s capital city Baton Rouge; New Orleans Museum of Art; Lamar Advertising Company headquarters; Pennington Biomedical Research Center; and Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort in Tucson, Arizona.
Further expanding his portfolio, Frederick created his first Wearable Art fashion collection in 2014, “Raw Elegance”. As the name implies, Frederick used natural skins, furs, and fibers in his creations that exhibit the same qualities and attributes found in his art pieces. He also designed his Voodoo accessory line with the use of exotic materials that further accentuate and complete the collection. “Raw Elegance” was showcased on the runway of New Orleans Fashion Week.
Frederick’s most compelling art project so far started very simply with a vision to build a bridge in the swamp behind his home; however, it has become a fully livable treehouse sculpture know as The Palmetto House. With immaculate attention to detail, it appears to have risen from the ground on which it stands. Initial construction of the structure took nine months, and Frederick continues to incorporate and transform more of his property into the sculpture garden he and his wife Sarah call home. The Palmetto House has garnered positive attention from all over the globe, including a feature in Extreme Homes on Discovery Channel, and on various local TV stations and magazine including WAFB, The Whitney Vann Show, 225, InRegister, and Country Roads magazine.